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13-year-old ID’d as victim in Euclid Ave. shooting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Police say the juvenile who was shot on Euclid Ave. Monday night is a 13-year-old boy.

At about 10:45 Monday night, the boy answered a knock at the front door of his home in the 3800 block of Euclid Avenue, a few doors down from Irwin Elementary school, and was greeted by a spray of gunfire.

Hit more than once, he was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

A 13-year-old boy was hit by more than one bullet when he answered a knock at the front door of his Euclid Avenue home.

Detectives are canvassing the area to interview witnesses but are using technology to help find the shooter, like posting on neighborhood portals and asking for Ring doorbell footage.

An email from Ring will be delivered to customers in that area, asking for them to share footage with police because it's not mandatory.

"We have a time frame on that between 10:30 and 10:45 that we're looking at video from. So early before the shooting, a little bit after the shooting, so we can see just the general area. Who's coming and going, those kinds of things, and we'll track down any lead we can," says Fort Wayne police Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

She says investigators are already tracking down leads in a similar shooting very early Sunday morning, where someone fired six shots into the bedroom of a home on Logan Avenue.

One round hit 8-year-old Jamar Davis in the chest, but he is expected to survive.

Detectives don't believe the two similar shootings in less than two days are connected, but that doesn't lessen the impact.

"It definitely gives you an unsettling feeling," Diana Swayze of the Boys & Girls Club says.

Leaders at the Boys and Girls Club say kids' feeling like they might be a target at home is why they try to create a safe space for kids to build solid, trusting relationships with adults and their peers.

"We want them to be safe enough to share those kinds of experiences or if they've heard things that might be happening to where we can maybe be the person that intervenes with the parents or even with the police to be able to help them feel like they've made a positive impact," Swayze says.

Children may very well hear the rumors on the street about these two shootings, and police say with your help they can catch the shooters in both cases.

"We will bring these people to justice, but we do need the community's help to do that. We cannot live in a safe community without the community's help," Rosales-Scatena says.

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The shooting happened in the 3800 block of Euclid Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Monday. Police say three people, including the victim, were inside the house when someone fired shots from outside the residence, striking the boy.

Officers identified the victim Tuesday morning as a 13-year-old. He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say they were told someone knocked at the front door and when the teen went to answer it, multiple shots were fired.

At the time of this report, officers say they have no suspects.

This shooting comes after an eight-year-old was hit by gunfire in Fort Wayne in the 3200 block of Logan Avenue early Sunday morning.

"There is very little information on this incident and we are asking the community to please help us with these last two shootings," FWPD’s Public Information Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena said in a release. "We need to continue to work together to put an end to this. Our detectives are working tirelessly on these shootings. Please come forward with any information you may have about these or any other shootings."

If you have any information about either incident, call detectives at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

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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