Law Firm Connects Two Shootings

By Max Resnik

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Fort Wayne police are investigating an early morning shooting at a home on Blackthorn Cove and say it may be connected to a shooting in the Shorewood subdivision in late March.

Close to 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, Fort Wayne police responded to a homeowner who found two bullet holes in a window in the rear of his home. Jeffery Goeglein, the victim, said the only thing he saw was someone riding on a bicycle near his home after the shooting occurred. Goeglein could not provide a description of the suspect.

Police used a K-9 unit to track the possible suspect’s path, but it ended in the area of 1000 Ivy Creek Cove.

Raquel Foster, public information officer with the Fort Wane Police Department, says Goeglein was targeted and that the shooting at his home not a random act.

“His home was targeted. We do believe that home was targeted. We do not believe it be random. We do believe that home was specifically targeted.”

Police say they are looking into the possibility that Goeglein was specifically targeted because he works for the same law firm, Faegre, Baker, Daniels, as attorney David Kuker, who was shot in his home March 27. Like Goeglein’s case, neither a motive nor a suspect description could be provided.

Foster says police know that someone is holding back information pertinent to this case and hopes that person has the courage to come forward.

“Is there someone out there that has information that's going to help with this investigation? Yes, there is. We need to identify the shooter. We need to identify the shooters in each incident, and then we need to identify the motive. Someone should have that answer for us.”

Faegre, Baker, Daniels released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying, in part, that they “are eager for the resolution of two cases involving shootings and firm lawyers.” They also say they are committed to providing a safe environment for their workers:

“After two incidents, we are extremely concerned with these developments and the safety and security of our professionals and staff. We are implementing further security measures to provide added protection for our people.”

The firm also says they will continue to cooperate with the investigation by Fort Wayne police:

“We are committed to supporting the investigation, and strongly encourage anyone who may have information about either incident to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department.”

No injures were reported from the incident.

Crime Stoppers has announced that they are offering $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in Kuker’s shooting.

Anyone who may have witnessed a person fleeing either scene on foot, via bicycle, or in a vehicle, or who may have witnessed any other suspicious activity in the areas during those times is asked to contact the City of Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222, or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

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