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Several Shootings, One Injury in Fort Wayne

Residents of the Chapel Oaks Apartments on Fort Wayne's south east side, woke up early this morning to the sound of gunshots. Police say no one was hurt, but one of the bullets did cause a mess inside a family's home. Police say that when shootings like this happen, more of you have been calling the police. And it's paid off.
Residents of the Chapel Oaks Apartments on Fort Wayne's south east side, woke up early this morning to the sound of gunshots.

Police say no one was hurt, but one of the bullets did cause a mess inside a family's home.

Police say that when shootings like this happen, more of you have been calling the police.

And it's paid off.

Officials say it's one reason this year's crime rate has been much lower than last year.

"Last year, with the number of homicides that we had was enough for the city I think in total for people to finally say enough is enough,” says Fort Wayne Police Officer Michael Joyner.

As gunshots rang out in the chapel oak apartments in southeast Fort Wayne early this morning, Joyner says they were barraged with phone calls.

Police say an officer was patrolling inside the complex after hearing one gunshot, she then heard eight more.

Six of those bullets struck an apartment in the 1900 block of Oaklawn Court, one of the bullets went through a wall- hitting a toilet and flooding the unit.

Witnesses say they say two armed men running through the Eden Green Apartments and a gold Chevy Impala speeding away.

Then the calls began rolling in.

"Coupled with that is the assistance from the general public. We're receiving more credible information with regards to incidents, than we have in a long time,” Joyner says.

Just south on east Rudisill, a man hit by two stray bullets while taking out his trash.

He is in the hospital in serious condition.

Police say it is unrelated to the apartment shooting.

Despite these shootings, authorities insist crime is down.

A few neighborhood residents agree and say more people are calling in tips.

"And that is good, you know? That's good. And it needs to be, more of us need to join in and do that, you know? When mister Chief Gary Hamilton has been put in office, more people are calling in and speaking out,” says Fort Wayne resident Willie Nelson.

"He knows the neighborhood. And people know him. So it's like, different families that are around, these families know him. And he has a personal relationship with the people. 'So there's trust there.' yea, it is,” says Fort Wayne resident Barbara Hardy.

Joyner says it's not just witnesses that are making these calls- it's also friends, family members, anyone who has knowledge of these crimes.

He says slowly but surely, citizens are helping to take back the city.

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