19-Year-Old Shooting Victims Named Released

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – The latest victim of an early morning south side shooting has been identified as Antonio Martin.

Around 1:30 Tuesday morning Fort Wayne Police were called to a home in the 4300 block of McMillen Park Drive. When police arrived they located Martin suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his neck.

Martin was transported from the scene in serious condition to a local hospital.

During the initial investigation by police they believe the gun shot was fired through the home of the door and struck the victim who was inside the home.

Three other people were inside the home at the time of the shooting. No one else was injured.

No suspects have been identified at this time, and no arrests have been made.

The incident remains under investigation, and it is possible that this shooting is tied to the shootings at McKinnie and Spatz and the shooting at Broadripple Rick O’Shay’s nightclub.

That puts the total number of people shot at five with two dead in the last three days.

Chief of Police Rusty York says most homicides in the Summit City are the result of gang or drug activity.

The shooting at Broadripple Rick O’Shay’s has its owner fuming. According owner George Kotsopoulos, he hasn’t been given enough security by police over the years to combat any of this violent activity. He says noise violations and a dispute over a beer tent almost 10 years ago have caused a major rift between he and the police.

Bars downtown are able to hire off-duty police officers in the Fort Wayne Police Department. In most cases though, those bars already have security of their own and use the Fort Wayne PD for added security.

Police say Kotsopoulos will not receive any sort of help from the department. First they note the attempted gambling enterprise that was conducted at the nightclub. They also point to the fact that there is constant illegal activity at the nightclub. Police also say because they’re called to Rick O’Shay’s so often for violent altercations, enough tax -payer money has been spent on patrolling one establishment in the city.

If you saw or know anything about the latest shooting on the 4300 block of McMillen Park Drive or have information regarding any of the previous shootings, you can call CrimeStoppers, anonymously at 436-STOP.




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