FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The man found shot to death in an apparent homicide-suicide on the city’s near-southwest side Monday night has been identified.
Hector R. Sustaita, 51, of Fort Wayne was fatally shot in the backyard of a home in the 2500 block of Brooklyn Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Sustaita died of gunshot wounds and his death was ruled the county’s 13th homicide of 2016.
Police were called to the home, between Taylor Street and Covington Road, on a report of gunfire there and arrived to find Sustaita and a woman both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Paramedics arrived on the scene to give the victims medical attention before taking them to a hospital.
Sustaita died at a local hospital. The woman, who was not named, was hospitalized in serious condition.
According to police spokesman Michael Joyner, the woman’s ex-husband came up on Sustaita and the woman in the back yard of the home and, fueled from some sort of argument, fired shots at them before he ran off. Joyner said that man was himself found shot to death inside a home on East Tabor Street, an apparent suicide.
In the wake of the shooting, a memorial has been erected in memory of Sustaita outside the home where he was shot. Neighbors told NewsChannel 15 on Tuesday that they are tired of seeing and hearing about this type of violence.
“This gun thing has got to stop,” neighbor Cindy Bryant said. “You know, I don’t have one myself but it’s out of control. People are trying vengeance themselves and it’s getting ridiculous. I have seven great nieces and nephews that live across the street and the two were in the house and I didn’t know which way the guns were going, or how many.
“I mean it just seems frantic when you hear that noise and to see somebody die across the street is very sad.”
The shooter has not been named.