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First Shooting of Year, Violence Continues

On the heels of one of the most violent years in Allen County's history, we start off 2014 with more gun violence. Just after midnight this morning, gunshots injure three men on Fort Wayne's south east side. WFFT has the details on the continuing violence.
"I heard about thirty rapid-fire gunshots, and I almost hit the floor. And then about a few seconds after that, I heard about seventeen in return."
On the heels of one of the most violent years in Allen County's history, we start off 2014 with more gun violence.

Just after midnight this morning, gunshots injure three men on Fort Wayne's south east side.

WFFT has the details on the continuing violence.

It's a violent start to the brand new year.

And as the Fort Wayne police department goes through a change in command with a brand-new chief coming in- they've got a lot of work to do already right off the top.

"It was the first time, I've been here for twenty-two years, born and raised on this street. It was the first time I've actually felt fear,” says one neighbor.

"This neighborhood used to be so quiet and peaceful. And now I'm scared to walk outside. I got alarms, cameras, everything,” says neighbor Annette Clem.

It's actually not uncommon for this neighborhood.

Two of Allen County's record-tying 44 homicides- like this one near Reed Street and Oxford Street- and another on Bowser Avenue.

Both in march- and both within a mile of Wednesday's shooting.

2014 began the same way as 2013 ended- with gun violence rocking Fort Wayne.

Just after midnight Wednesday police say three men were shot outside a home on the 4800 block of Reed Street.

"I heard about thirty rapid-fire gunshots, and I almost hit the floor. And then about a few seconds after that, I heard about seventeen in return,” one neighbor says.

All three are at a local hospital, where two are listed as serious, one in critical condition.

It comes right as the police department is in transition- with former chief Rusty York becoming the city's new Director of Public Safety and former south east chief Garry Hamilton taking the reigns.

"It's very unfortunate that it happened immediately after midnight. It will not be the last incident to happen in the city,” police spokesperson Michael Joyner says.

Joyner says he expects the victims’ names to be released on Thursday.

He says they do not know how many people are involved in the shooting.

Police got a lot of 911 calls overnight for celebratory gunfire when the clock struck twelve.

Joyner says it is illegal to fire a gun inside Fort Wayne, and even one gunshot is too many.

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