FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Two people were injured after a gunman opened fire inside a Fort Wayne beauty school Monday evening before ultimately turning the gun on himself.
Police were called around 6:45 p.m. Monday to Ravenscroft Beauty College at 4530 Lahmeyer Road on a report of an active shooter inside the school. When police arrived, they found a woman outside suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital in serious condition, where she was later downgraded to critical condition. Tuesday afternoon Fort Wayne police identified her as Patricia Ann Hahn, 29, of Fort Wayne.
A second female victim arrived at a local hospital where she was listed in good condition. She has been identified by police as Alyssa L. Spade, 20, of Fort Wayne and has since been released from the hospital.
Once police were able to get inside the building they found a man, believed to be the shooter, dead. He was identified Tuesday as 24-year-old Davion D. Brown of Fort Wayne. Brown died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound of the head, the coroner’s office said.
Witnesses told NewsChannel 15 that Brown and Hahn knew one another, and the shooting appeared to be a domestic situation. Brown has two prior convictions in Allen Superior Court for robbery, according to court records. He was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections and was released in April 2014.
As many as 50 law enforcement vehicles were at the scene including city, county, and members of the FBI task force. Dozens of bystanders watched from a church parking lot across street. Witnesses reported that people ran from the building screaming and crying.
Police said Brown went into the school and asked for Hahn. He found her in a breakroom where he started shooting. At one point, witnesses said he ran out of ammunition told Hahn to run, reloaded then began to chase her while shooting at her at she ran to safety.
Police also described an act of heroism by Hahn. They said at one point she shielded Spade.
A backpack of Brown’s was discovered at the scene. Police said inside it were ammunition, a bb gun and a knife.
The intersection of Lahmeyer Road and Stellhorn Road was closed to traffic for hours while police investigated the situation.
Ravenscroft Beauty School teaches cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, manicuring and teacher training at the 14,500 square foot campus. The school was expected to be closed Tuesday.