FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Police say the Warsaw Street shooting is unrelated to the other three shootings this month.
“At this point, we do not have anything that is pushing us in the direction of the other shootings,” said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena, Fort Wayne Police Public Information Officer. “We believe this is separate, however, investigations will turn on a whim.”
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This is at least the fourth shooting in two weeks in which someone was killed or wounded after shots were fired into their home.
The first shooting happened Jan. 12 when someone fired shots into the window of a Logan Avenue home, wounding an 8-year-old boy.
The second happened a day later when a 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded when he opened the door at a home on Euclid Avenue.
The third shooting happened on Jan. 20 when someone fired at least 16 rounds into a home on Senate Avenue, killing 49-year-old Than Kahn Khai.
“What is not coincidental is people firing through houses,” Rosales-Scatena said. “It seems to be a trend so far this year, or this month at least.”
Police have expressed additional concern in regard to the increase of bullets entering homes.
“Anytime you are shooting at someone it is reckless behavior,” Rosales-Scatena said. “This is even more so because you never know who may be behind those walls.”
Police are asking for the community’s help in providing information relevant to the recent string of shootings.
FWPD says shooters will often drive past their target location prior to organizing an attack.
“At this point, we all have to have heightened vigilance, because we are our brother’s keeper and our neighbors have to look out for each other,” Rosales-Scatena said. “We are here to help in any way possible, but we really need that community involvement as well.”
Police ask if you see any suspicious activity, or someone acting out of place to call 911 or reach out to Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP.