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Fort Wayne man faces murder charge in drive-by shooting

Fort Wayne firefighters clean bloodstains off the sidewalk at Indiana Avenue and Rudisill Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, after a shooting in which the victim later died. (By Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel)
Fort Wayne firefighters clean bloodstains off the sidewalk at Indiana Avenue and Rudisill Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, after a shooting in which the victim later died. (By Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel)
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:04 am
A Fort Wayne man faces a murder charge after allegedly killing a man in a drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon on the city's south side.Fort Wayne Police arrested Josiah C. Thomas, 22, on an initial charge of murder after questioning him about the shooting of 22-year-old Gerelle R. Borum, said Officer Raquel Foster, a police spokeswoman.

At about 1:11 p.m., police received several calls reporting multiple gunshots near the intersection of Rudisill Boulevard and Indiana Avenue, Foster said. Police found a man, later identified as Borum, lying in the southwest corner of the intersection with at least one gunshot wound, Foster said.

Borum was initially taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Police announced at 9:21 p.m. that Borum had died from his injuries.

Police believe Borum was walking along Rudisill when Thomas, who was driving a red- and white-colored truck, allegedly opened fire on him, Foster said in a written statement Tuesday night.

Witnesses at the time of the shooting provided police with the description of a white GMC Suburban-style vehicle, possibly with red trim, that fled the area. Police stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Rudisill and Lafayette Street and detained one person – later identified as Thomas – for questioning, Foster said.

Thomas was later arrested and taken to the Allen County Jail, Foster said. Police towed the vehicle for processing by crime scene technicians.

Borum's death marks Fort Wayne's third shooting death in less than a week. A fourth person, who was shot Saturday, remained in critical condition Monday.

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