FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne police continue to work to solve the shooting death of 17-year-old Alonna Allison, and now – and again – officers are reaching out to the public for help.
Police spokesman Michael Joyner on Tuesday issued a plea for information surrounding the Concordia student’s Aug. 29 death. Allison was fatally shot in a crossfire between rival groups that escalated outside a party in the 2500 block of Schaper Drive that night.
“You have details critical to the investigation,” Joyner wrote.
Anyone with any information on the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 436-Stop (436-7867). The caller’s identity will be kept anonymous.
History of the incident
Just before midnight Aug. 29, officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department responded in the 2500 Block of Schaper Drive, just south of the McMillen Park Golf Course.
When officers arrived, they found a girl down in the street in critical condition. Officers started CPR until medics were able to arrive. She was then taken to the hospital where she later died.
Detectives went door-to-door talking to any possible witnesses. Police said multiple people were seen leaving the scene in an older blue Dodge Durango. Police described the overnight shooting as a “pretty chaotic scene.”
Spokesperson for the Fort Wayne Police Department Chris Felton explained that because of the large amount of people there when the shooting happened, it can take longer to piece everything together.
“That will make it a little bit longer until they figure things out because there were so many people present that have to be talked to and it kind of takes a while to piece together all of the bits and pieces,” he said.
Police said there was some type of get together at a house on the block. That’s when the two groups started shooting at each other in the front.
Felton added that it’s too early to tell why the groups started shooting, or even if they are gang-related, he said the groups are rivals.
Police do not know what relationship the teenage victim had to these two groups or to the house in front of where the shooting happened.
Police said several people were on the street during the shooting and ran for cover, including the victim when she was hit. No other injuries were been reported, although police said about four or five cars were hit with bullets. There were about a handful of shell casings found, according to Felton.