Neighbor: ‘Let’s be more vigilant as a community’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A neighbor is pleading for his community to be more vigilant after a shooting Thursday morning that left one person dead and another person in serious condition.

MAP | 5100 block of Plaza Drive

Photo from Plaza Drive after police responded to multiple shootings on Oct. 22.
Photo from Plaza Drive after police responded to multiple shootings on Oct. 22.

Across the street from where the shooting happened lives Robert Walker. He’s lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

“We need more police patrol here,” Walker pleaded. “Let’s be more vigilant as a community and just keep our eye out,” Walker said.

He described Thursday’s chaos noting, “my furnace repair guy heard seven shots and my dad who’s 83-years-old was in his motor home and he said he heard 7 or 8 shots and saw somebody running.”

FWPD spokesperson Michael Joyner said investigators believe two men were shot 5111 Plaza Dr. One of the victims ran a few houses down to 5202 Plaza Dr. to get help.

Joyner said around 11:40 a.m., officers first responded to the home in the 5200 block where they found one of the shooting victims outside.

Then officers went to the home in the 5100 block, where its believed the shooting happened. They found a man who had been shot inside the house without a pulse. Joyner said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Joyner said witnesses saw two cars drive away, but there’s not enough information for a description at this time.

“This is very surprising and unfortunate. I just don’t want people to think that this is a bad neighborhood,” Walker said. “This is a really good neighborhood, unfortunately we have some undesirables come in and they do things that kind of make our neighborhood look bad.”

It’s not clear how many people were involved or what motive prompted the shooting. But neighbors said there has been a series of robberies in the neighborhood lately.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Allen County Coroner’s Office along with the cause and manner of death.

Paul Harding Junior High School and East Allen University was placed under a special restriction following the shooting.

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