Police: Double shooting result of drug-related robbery; victims ID’d

Police are trying to figure out who shot and injured two men.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Two men were shot near Bloomingdale Park on Wednesday night in what Fort Wayne Police said appears to be a drug-related robbery.

Police were called around 6 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Sherman Boulevard and Burgess Street on a report of a shooting there.

Witnesses told investigators the incident may have occurred at or near a home in the 1400 block of 4th Street. Then, someone tried to drive both victims to the hospital, Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman John Chambers said.

The driver pulled over on Sherman Avenue between Pape Avenue and Burgess to call police. Both victims were taken to a hospital in an ambulance while investigators interviewed the driver and other people in the area.

The driver was not hurt in the incident.

Early Thursday, police identified the victims as 20-year-old Gavin D. Holbrook of Fort Wayne and 25-year-old Derek J. Blaskie of Rome City. Holbrook had initially been listed in critical condition and Blaskie in serious condition; both men were listed in fair condition by Thursday.

Sgt. Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne Police Department said Thursday that no arrests had been made in the incident and that it appeared to be a drug-related robbery.

No other information was released.

Wednesday night, police tapped off a house and an alley on 4th Street. It’s unclear if that home was connected to the shooting.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

Officers were called to the intersection of Sherman and Burgess around 6 p.m. Monday.
Officers were called to the intersection of Sherman and Burgess around 6 p.m. Monday.