FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 3300 block of Holton Avenue regarding a shooting.
When police arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds and life-threatening injuries.
One neighbor says, he saw this coming. The man didn’t want to appear on camera or give his name out of fear of retaliation.
He says, “Ya know, I see the young kids down there gathered late at night. A few of them have weapons on their side and I wondered, ya know, why would they be armed like that?”
He says today’s generation needs to work on communicating with one another to peacefully resolve their differences.
He adds, “When I grew up when we had an altercation, we may have fought it out, but we didn’t shoot it out. That’s the thing today, they’re just taking lives.”
One of Indiana’s founding members of the TenPoint Coalition, Rev. Dr. Charles Harrison says they've been successful in combating crime because most of its members have overcome that life of violence.
Harrison says, “ It's what we call OG’s who were once a part of the problem, many when to prison and they’ve turned their lives around and they understand the streets. Engaging individuals in the streets that are most likely to be engaged in violent crimes to try to change their mindsets and put them on a different path.”
Lewis A. King of the TenPoint Coalition in Fort Wayne says that with the rise of COVID-19 cases, he’s had to cut back on recent nightly patrols within the community.
King says, “ I can’t lie, it has definitely caused us to look at the needs of the people that are hurt in the community. We see that some people are even becoming angrier based upon not being able to go out and because of restrictions.”
King says he wants Fort Wayne to know that he’s working diligently to combat crime in our neighborhoods.
King adds, “The TenPoint Coalition cares, the Mayor cares and everyone we’re working is doing our part to make a difference in the community.”
If you know any information about this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.