Man, 55, shot and killed on Avondale Drive

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man was shot and killed on the city’s southeast side Tuesday night, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Around 10:50 p.m. police heard gunshots in the area of Avondale Drive. At 10:57 p.m. police received a 911 call that someone had been shot at 4131 Avondale Drive.

FWPD Spokesman Officer Chris Felton said the first arriving officers found a man on the front porch who had been shot. They rendered first aid, but paramedics arrived and pronounced the man deceased.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified the man as 55-year-old Robert J. Moore of Fort Wayne. Moore died of gunshot wounds and his death was ruled the county’s 35th homicide of 2016.

Felton said there is no suspect information or details about what led to the shooting. However, NewsChannel 15 has learned police responded to the home twice in the previous 24 hours for reported gunshots.

The first was around 2 a.m. Tuesday when officers were called to an area near Lafayette Street and McKinnie Avenue. Officers learned the gunshots had come from 4131 Avondale, but no one was hurt. A car parked out front of the home was damaged by bullets. The second call of reported gunfire was around 7:30 p.m. No one was injured during that incident, but another car was damaged by flying bullets.

It’s unclear if the gunshots were connected to Tuesday night’s fatal shooting or if the same people were involved.

Detectives attempted to speak with potential witnesses Tuesday night. Crime scene technicians processed possible evidence.

A K-9 officer was called to the scene, but was not able to track any potential suspects.

The shooting on Avondale happened less than 12 hours after two other shootings in Fort Wayne Tuesday.

Police are investigating a shooting on Warsaw Street that left a man in serious condition. A second shooting on Lillie Street left two people in critical condition.

Felton said the investigation in the afternoon shootings is ongoing. He said it’s too early in all three shooting incidents to determine if they might be connected.



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