UPDATED: Names of 2 dead women released; 1 other ‘critical’ after being found shot in yard, Fort Wayne Police say

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with coroner’s office information on the women killed.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has released the names of two women found shot to death in a Fort Wayne yard early Thursday morning. The coroner has ruled that both women’s deaths were homicides. A third woman was last listed in critical condition.

Nicole Marie Saylor, 36, of Fort Wayne was found suffering from gunshot wound(s) and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.

Kayla Marie Harris, 24, of Fort Wayne also died of gunshot wound(s). She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time after arrival, according to the coroner’s office.

Saylor’s death is the 32nd homicide in Allen County in 2017 and Harris’s is the 33rd. The coroner’s office usually does not release the number of times a victim was shot in an open investigation.

The Fort Wayne Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident, which left a third woman in critical condition.

At 4:05 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Sherwood Terrace on a report of a female victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to police spokesman Chris Felton.

Officers found the three women suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and lying in the front yard of a home.

“The investigation is still in the early stages, but it has been determined that the victims were not random and were targeted,” Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Jim Seay said in a news release issued about 11:10 a.m. Thursday. “The detectives are following up on several leads at this time.”

The name of the victim in critical condition was being withheld Thursday morning pending notification of the family.

This incident is also being investigated by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the coroner’s office.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 260-427-1201.