1 dead, 1 critical after overnight shooting

One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting late Thursday night in the area of the 3300 block of Winter Street.At 11:54 p.m., Fort Wayne Police officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of Winter to investigate a report of gunshots in the area.

Officers began checking the area, and a bystander stopped them and directed them to a victim nearby. That man, who appeared to have gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

While police were still at that scene, they were told about a second victim who had been taken to a local hospital by a private vehicle. Early Friday morning, that second victim, who also had been shot, was listed in critical condition at the hospital.

Detectives have determined that both shootings are related, but exactly how they are related isn’t clear yet. The investigation continues. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1201 or CrimeStoppers at 436-7867.

The identity of the dead man as well as the exact cause and manner of death will be determined and released by the Allen County Coroner’s Office. Before Thursday night’s shootings, 25 deaths so far this year in Allen County have been classified as homicides.