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Police searching for man wanted in tavern shootings

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Fort Wayne Police are looking for a 32-year-old man who, they believe, wounded two people in a shooting early Christmas Day at a bar.

Senaca V. Lapsley, also know as Gene Lapsley, of the 4100 block of Plaza Drive, was named in a warrant issued Friday by Allen Superior Court. He was being sought because of his alleged involvement in the shooting shortly after 1 a.m. Christmas Day at Sports & Spirits, 1723 E. Wayne St.

Lapsley has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery, a Class B felony, and three counts of criminal recklessness, a Class C felony. According to court documents, the charges stem from events that took place Wednesday.While at the scene, officers reported, they were told by several witnesses that Lapsley had been the shooter. Upon reviewing the surveillance video, an officer was able to identify Lapsley as the shooter.

The first victim, a man, was found on the floor of the business and determined to be in critical condition. He had been shot in both the abdomen and the throat. While undergoing surgery at Lutheran hospital, the man “coded” but was revived. The second victim, a woman, was inside the business and suffered a gunshot wound to her hand, and she was in fair condition. At the time the woman was interviewed by police, it was unclear to the doctors if she would lose her pinky finger due to extensive damage done to her right hand by the bullet.

Police were told by a witness that Lapsley was part of a group of men who were thrown out of the bar after a dispute and a thrown punch. The witness told police once the three were outside they began shooting into the bar through the front windows. She told police everyone went to the ground and she observed the male victim, Huddleston, bleeding from the neck.

The man who was shot was a former employee who helped eject Lapsley from the bar, police said in court documents. The woman wounded is an employee.

According to court documents, a search of Lapsley's residence, with a warrant, didn't turn up Lapsley, and a woman living at that address said no other subjects were there.