FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Allen County Coroner’s office identified the victim in Thursday night’s double shooting. Officers found a body in a grassy area near an alley after getting a report of shots fired in the 3300 block of Winter Street.
The Coroner’s office determined that 47-year-old Willie Alonzo Smith Sr. died from multiple gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled a homicide.
After Smith was found, a downtown hospital told police a person was dropped at the emergency room. That person was reported in critical condition, according to Officer Chris Felton. Police do not know who dropped off the man at the hospital.
Felton said detectives learned both individuals were involved in the same incident but its unclear what led to the shooting.
Police do not know if both men were shot by the same person (or persons) or if they might have shot each other. It’s also unclear if the two men know each other.
Felton said crime scene technicians were gathering any possible evidence on Winter Street, but as of early Friday morning it’s unclear if they found a weapon.
Detectives interviewed potential witnesses and talked with neighbors in the area of where the man’s body was found.
Police don’t have any suspect information and are not sure if a suspect remains at-large.
Smith Sr. is the 26th homicide in Allen County in 2017.