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Fort Wayne police: 3 people shot, possible connection being investigated

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Fort Wayne police are investigating after three people were injured following shootings on the city’s south side Monday evening.

Police say they first received a call regarding reports of a shooting in the area of the Pontiac Street roundabout, near Wayne Trace. Then at 6:59 p.m., a call was made from 2 people in the 3500 block of Reed Street who had been shot. Officers say they believe the shooting actually happened near the roundabout, and the victims then drove to the Reed Street location.

Officers say when they arrived, they saw a subject running to the rear of the home. Police spoke with one of the victims, who told police they were shot in the leg, but said the officer needed to assist his friend who was in a nearby SUV.

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The officer said he found the subject sitting in the backseat of the SUV with a gunshot wound on his leg. He told police he was in the SUV when he was shot. He said he did not know who shot him. Police found several shell casings and a handgun on the floor of the front seat passenger side.

Both victims were last listed in serious condition. Police tell us they are not certain if the 2 people were shot at that location or at some other location.

Officers have identified the two victims as Jekyre Green, 24, and Austin Smasal, 24.

Not long after that, Fort Wayne police also tell us that a man walked into a medical facility on Minnich Road saying he’d been shot. Police say he tried to walk out of the facility where doctors met up with him to begin treating him for a gunshot to the arm. Shortly afterwards, police arrived.

Police have identified the victim as 27-year-old Torrence Stephens.

Jazlynn Bebout contributed to this report.

Linda Jackson

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