The Allen County Coroner's Office has released the name of the second man killed in a triple shooting that investigators believe was gang-related. Police are still looking for those responsible and seek witnesses' help while looking into two other, possibly unrelated, shootings.
Jaquan Dartavis Gentry, 22, of Fort Wayne, has been identified by the Allen County Coroner's Office as one of the victims of the early Sunday morning shootings at Rick O'Shay's Irish Pub, 4610 Parnell Ave. His cause of death, according to the coroner's office's autopsy report conducted Monday, was by gunshot wound(s).
Jeffery James Moore, 23, also died from one or more gunshot wounds. The coroner's office, which does not release the number of gunshot wounds in an open case, conducted his autopsy Sunday. Both deaths have been ruled homicides, the 22nd and 23rd in Allen County this year. The third shooting victim, Demetrius Masterson, 26, was treated at a local hospital and released.
Gentry, according to court documents, has a conviction for carrying a handgun without a license from an incident in 2008 and pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement in 2009, among other scrapes with the law. Masterson pleaded guilty to a charge related to drug dealing in 2006 and was convicted of felony criminal recklessness in 2007 among a litany of filed charges from 2002 to 2007, according to online court documents.
Fort Wayne Police were called at 1:25 a.m. to the nightclub to what officers “described as a very chaotic scene where hundreds of bar patrons were found both inside and outside of the establishment,” Officer Mike Joyner, police spokesman, said previously. Witnesses told investigators that some sort of disturbance broke out between two groups, Joyner has said.
Investigators said they believe this incident to be clique- or gang-related. Officer Raquel Foster explained that police make that determination based on numerous factors, including previous involvement in certain types of incidents, information gleaned from sources and individuals being investigated, as well as notifications to the police from the public.
“It's not a term that we just randomly throw out there,” Foster said. “It's several pieces that come out, over time.”
There were two other shootings in Fort Wayne within the last 36 hours, and Foster said it was too early in the investigative process to link those incidents to the shootings from the weekend.
In the first shooting, which took place around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of McKinnie and Spatz avenues, a woman in a vehicle was struck by gunfire. The woman, whose identity has not been released, was listed in serious condition at the scene.
In the second shooting, a man was shot in the neck around 1:30 a.m. today in a residence in the 4300 block of McMillen Park Drive. Bullets were reportedly fired at the house from outside.
The man was listed in serious condition at a hospital.
Foster did not have updated conditions as of this morning.
This is the second time this year that a fatal shooting has occurred at Rick O'Shay's Irish Pub. On May 9, 20-year-old Hector Tenorio died of gunshot wounds after being shot in the club's parking lot.