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POLICE: Child’s condition improving following shooting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — An eight-year-old hit by gunfire in Fort Wayne as he slept in his own bed is recovering, but police are angry and they want answers.

The boy's mom says she's frightened that someone targeted her home.

"He was innocent in all this. He is eight years old. This is not acceptable on any level for any community," says FWPD Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

Fort Wayne police are angry that someone fired six shots into a Logan Avenue home on the city's southeast side early Sunday morning.

One of the rounds hit Shawnta Issifu's eight-year-old son in the chest as he slept in his bed.

Doctors say the bullet in eight-year-old Jamar's chest could have killed him.

"It was overwhelming because the first thing I wanted to do was get him out into the living room. Because I didn't know if they were going to continue to shoot, I didn't know if it had stopped. So I had the other two get on the floor and crawl to the hallway," Issifu says.

She called 911 as she tried to stop the bleeding as little Jamar lay on the bedroom floor.

Doctors initially called Jamar's wound life-threatening, but his mom says he's much better and even sitting up for a bit.

The bullet missed his vital organs by about an inch.

Doctors will remove it once he's cleared for surgery.

"It's wedged in his chest and it's still there. They won't remove it until he's stable with the lung, but they said it hasn't moved around. It's still there and it's not going to cause any other damage if it doesn't move," Issifu says.

"Depraved indifference is what we have here. It's basically someone with no regard for human life, no matter whose life it is. It could have been an innocent baby in a crib, in this case it was an eight-year-old," Rosales-Scatena says.

Issifu says she has a mortgage on her home and will not move, but says she and her other children will likely need counseling to begin to heal.

"What he asked me today is why did it happen to me? And it's hard to explain it to an eight-year-old why it happened to him. It's not your fault, honey, it has nothing to do with you. That's all I could tell him," she says.

Police say people should be outraged enough about this to do the right thing.

"The community needs to stand with us on the side of justice, and bring whoever did this to our attention so we can get them locked up. Because that's where they need to be," Rosales-Scatena says.

Police say they are "aggressively" investigating this shooting.

If you know anything about what happened, call detectives at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.


Police say the eight-year-old who was shot Sunday morning is improving.

Officers responded to a shooting in the 3200 block of Logan Avenue early Sunday morning. They found an eight-year-old boy inside the home with a gunshot wound to his shoulder/chest, leaving him in life-threatening condition.

Police provided an update Monday morning, saying the child has been upgraded to stable condition.

"We are extremely happy that the child is doing well," the release said. "However, this does not negate the seriousness of this incident. This type of incident should never be a community standard which we accept as commonplace. We are actively and aggressively investigating this shooting and would appreciate any help from the community. If you have any information please call 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP."

Police said the child was inside the home when gunshots were fired outside the residence.

No arrests have been made at the time of this report.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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