Police investigating death on S. Webster Street

The Fort Wayne Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 5500 block of Webster Street. Police responded to a call around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon with reports of a man down in the alley.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017 5:40 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 10:27 PM

FORT WAYNE , Ind. (WFFT)- The Fort Wayne Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 5500 block of Webster Street. Police responded to a call around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon with reports of a man down in the alley.

First responders prounced the black male dead at the scene and report that he appeared to be shot multiple times. Investigators believe that the man had been dead at the location for many hours before being discovered.

People who live on Webster Street are still shaken after hearing a body was discovered in the alley behind their homes.

"I feel very unsafe. I feel very unsafe in Fort Wayne period," said neighbor Natasha Stewart.

Natasha Stewart was walking down the alley on the phone with a friend when she discovered the body of a black male.

"Scary, shocking, breathtaking,. I've never experienced something like that before," said Stewart.

Stewart says she's a mom and wants a safer environment for her kids.

"I just want everything to stop, I just want the Fort Wayne community to come together as one. I just want all the violence to stop so we can build these kids, build a stronger foundation for our younger kids, younger generations if anything," said Stewart.

Tuesday night, police got reports of shots fired in the same area. Police believe the two incidents may be related. The man was shot multiple times. Larry Walker who lives in the house in front of the crime scene says, he heard the gunshots.

"I just heard some, it sounded to me like fire crackers last night," said Walker.

Most people we talked to in the neighborhood said they usually don't hear gunshots in the area.

"I couldn't believe it because I never had any problems over here in all of the years that I lived here so I didn't think nothing of it," said Walker.

Fort Wayne Police Department Public Information Officer Michael Joyner says he hopes people with any information can come forward.

"Someone might've heard something several hours ago an argument, a fight, a vehicle speeding off, might've looked out seen a vehicle, might've seen individuals. That information could be very critical to this investigative process," said Joyner.


If you or someone you know may have seen or heard anything related to the case, call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

The Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Coroner's office and the Allen County Prosecutor's office are investigating the incident.

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