FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne Police are asking for the community's help in gathering evidence regarding what they are calling one of the most violent weekends to date in the Summit City.
"We haven’t seen this kind of violence in a weekend in a very long time, if ever," said Fort Wayne Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena. "We need to start taking a serious tone to change the community and change what we are willing to accept as normal."
Over the holiday weekend, there were five separate shootings in Fort Wayne leaving seven people shot including three juveniles.
"It doesn’t just happen in the poorer neighborhoods, and it doesn't just happen in a neighborhood that isn't yours," Rosales-Scatena said. "Corydon Court is a prime example that these things can trickle out all over the city."
Of the five shootings, four were on the city's southeast side with the outlier being at Corydon Court in northeast Fort Wayne.
Rosales-Scatena said a teenage girl was struck by a stray bullet near a mobile park home, and a young boy was also shot near Weisser Park on July 4.
Both victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
"If you are complicit in hiding or aiding a criminal we will charge you, and that's a guarantee," Rosales-Scatena said. "We are not going to go down that path when we have people criminally involving themselves in an investigation and not having to face any consequences for that."
She said three other adults were shot near Weisser Park and believes the violence stemmed from a 'large gathering' in the area.
"Its time to take back our community," Rosales-Scatena said. "I think we have become immune or desensitized to things that go on in this community when they don’t particularly affect our neighborhoods, and that's a problem."
Anyone with information about the recent string of shootings is asked to call Fort Wayne Police at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.