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15-year-old victim dies after overnight shooting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- A teen was shot and killed after being ambushed in a Fort Wayne alley.

"I don't know how we continue on this trajectory involving our youth. Something has to give, here," FWPD Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena says.

Just after seven Wednesday night 15-year-old Eric McDonnell, Jr. was beaten and shot in an alley off McKee behind Euclid Avenue on the city's southeast side.

He was rushed to the hospital and into emergency surgery, but didn't survive.

15-year-old Eric McDonnell, Jr. was beaten and shot in an alley off McKee behind Euclid Avenue on the city's southeast side. He was rushed to the hospital and into emergency surgery, but didn't survive.

"We've seen the violence kind of on an upswing involving juveniles, and it doesn't seem like it's getting any better," she says.

Rosales-Scatena says it's too early to tell at this point in the investigation whether this shooting is related to others earlier this year that involved teens.

However, she says detectives do not think this was a random act.

While investigators do have video from some neighbors that shows what happened, police are asking for for doorbell or other security video from anyone else who may have caught something out of the ordinary.

She says officers are doing what they can to keep the community safe including taking more than 900 illegal guns off the street last year.

But she says if anyone -- including a teenager -- wants a gun, they're not hard to get.

"A lot of those were stolen. They're stolen out of cars, people leaving guns in unlocked cars easily obtained that way, and then they're just sold on the street for maybe $50, $75. It's not difficult to get your hands on one if you really want to," Rosales-Scatena says.

She says the worst part of an officer's job is having to knock on parents' doors to tell them their child will not come home again after a crash or anything else.

"Even to make the notification that your son or daughter has been involved in some kind of shooting or something like that, that's even difficult, but to sit there and go through the emotions that a parent goes through as you're sitting there as a parent yourself, it's hard. It's the worst part, for sure," she says.

Eric McDonnell, Jr. Is Allen County's fifth homicide victim of the year.

If you have doorbell or other security video or you know something about this case call the Fort Wayne detective bureau at 427-1201.

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A 15-year-old boy has died after he was shot last night on the city's southeast side.

The Allen County Coroner has identified the boy as Eric R. McDonnell, Jr.

His manner of death was determined to be a homicide, making him the 5th homicide victim in Allen County so far this year.


Officials tell Fort Wayne's NBC police are investigating a shooting in the 2800 Block of Euclid.

Police say they were called to the area just after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived, they found a teen boy lying in the alley between Euclid Avenue and Central Drive.

He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Scene of Shooting on Euclid Avenue

Detectives say they are canvassing the neighborhood and interviewing potential witnesses. They ask that anyone with information call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

Tom Powell

Tom Powell is the co-anchor of Fort Wayne’s NBC News at 5, 6 and 11 with Linda Jackson. Tom is also the Assistant News Director at Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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