Police say string of Fort Wayne shootings connected, gang-related

Police say three shootings in eight days appear to be connected.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 7:20 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2020 4:39 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Three shootings in just an 8-day period have led Fort Wayne Police to believe they may be related.

The latest victim was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Than Khai.

He was shot to death early Monday after someone fired at least 16 rounds into his Senate Avenue home. 

“We are operating on the assumption that this is an incident that is involved with the other ones,” said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena. 

Police are also investigating a Jan. 12 shooting that left an 8-year-old boy wounded when someone fired into the window of a Logan Avenue home.

Less than a day later a 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded when he opened the door at a home on Euclid Avenue. 

Rosales-Scatena says they don't believe Khai was the intended victim.

She said he and his family showed no signs of being involved in past violent behavior. 

She said they're also reviewing Ring surveillance video provided by a neighbor on Senate Avenue.

“Right now we are going off the premise that this is a mistaken location shooting,” said Rosales-Scatena. “Obviously that does not bring a lot of peace to a lot of people.”

But they do suspect his shooting is connected to two other shootings and may be gang-related. 

“We do believe that it is gang-related,” said Rosales-Scatena. “We have had a lot of the same names popping up during the investigations.”

Police are also not ruling out that the shootings may be connected to the death of 18-year-old Dominique Taylor on Dec. 22.

Police on Tuesday charged a 16-year-old boy with murder in that shooting, and say more arrests are expected. 

They ask that if you have evidence that pertains to any of the three shootings, to contact FWPD AT 260-427-1201 OR 260-436-STOP.

“We are working on those other cases very aggressively,” said Rosales-Scatena. “Hopefully we will have a close to at least one of those in the next week.”

Catholic Charities is offering assistance to Khai's family at the request of a community member. 

"They thought given our experience with the community that we would be able to provide assistance for the family. So that is exactly what we did," said Nicole Kurut. 

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