FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A 19-year-old man was killed and another hurt in a shooting late Saturday.
Fort Wayne Police spokesman John Chambers said officers responded around 11:45 p.m. Saturday to calls of “shots fired” in the 1200 block of Lillie Street. According to a police report, when officers got to the intersection of Lewis and Lillie Streets, they found a man who had been shot.
That man was taken to a hospital in good condition.
During the investigation, though, police received a report of a crash in the 1400 block of East Lewis Street. Officers arrived at there and found another man inside of a vehicle who appeared to have been shot. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified that man as 19-year-old Tyon Jerrell Woods. The office said Woods died of gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
Chambers said the two victims were likely inside a vehicle in the 1200 block of Lillie Street when they were shot. One man ran from the car and the other – Woods – tried to drive away before eventually crashing into a parked car.
The other victim was not named.
A former coach of Woods, who prefers to remain anonymous, told NewsChannel 15 that Woods was a passionate athlete and the most elusive on the field he ever coached. His fierce competitiveness led their 7-on-7 football team to win the IMG national title in 2015.
The coach added that Woods was going to college in Michigan and was home for the weekend and was supposed to go back today.
Woods also played football for Northrop and New Haven high schools during his high school career. His New Haven High School head coach released the following statement:
Tyon Woods was an integral part of our 2015 season. As a senior transfer from Northrop, I had a limited amount of time to connect with Tyon. However, He had a major impact on the one season I was fortunate enough to spend with him. Tyon was one of the most explosive players I have ever been fortunate enough to coach. His combination of speed, agility, and strength is among tops of the list of players I’ve been able to be around in my 17 years as head football coach of New Haven High School. He was a tough, hard-nosed kid who could change the game with a single possession. I pray for his family and loved ones! – Jim Rowland
Investigators looked for potential witnesses and crime scene technicians gathered potential evidence.
No arrests have been made and police have not provided any potential suspect information.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Wayne police or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.
The incident is under investigation.