FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- UPDATE 9:21am Tuesday: Fort Wayne has a gang problem.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York says gang rivalry is to blame for Sunday morning's violence at Rick O'Shays that left two men dead and a third hospitalized.
All victims have now been identified. 23 year old Jeffrey Moore of Fort Wayne and 22 year old Jaquan Gentry of Fort Wayne were fatally shot, and 26 year old Demetrius masterson of Fort Wayne was treated at the hospital and released.
Moore and Gentry are the 22nd and 23rd homicides in Allen County this year.
In June of 2010, 20 year old Hector Tenorio was the 16th homicide of the year. He was fatally shot outside of that same nightclub.
Chief York says a shooting at the intersection of McKinney and Spatz Monday afternoon was likely in retaliation for this weekend's shootings.
Chief York says, "These gang members are a plague on our city. When we look back traditionally on our homicides, so many of them are either gang related or drug related. It's a problem exacerbated by the accessibility of so many firearms."
He also says it is a problem that so many people were carrying guns inside of Rick O'Shay's and not being properly checked. He says police are dedicating a lot of resources looking into the issue and tracking down the people responsible.
Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. Sunday: The Allen County Coroner's Office has identified the first victim to die as Jeffery James Moore, 23, of Fort Wayne. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday for the victim of the second death.
UPDATE: The second shooting victim in Sunday morning's nightclub shooting at Rick O'Shay's has died. He was previously listed in critical condition prior to going into surgery Sunday morning. He died at 9:05 a.m. on Sunday.
It is a scene no one should have to bear witness, but officials are asking for your help in tracking down the person or persons who shot three men, killing two, at a popular Fort Wayne night club Sunday morning.
Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the reported shooting at Broadripple’s Rick O’Shay’s night club, 4610 Parnell Avenue, around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning after an altercation took place inside the night club involving two different groups of people. The number of individuals involved or what caused the disturbance is not clear. Officers were met with mass chaos as hundreds of bar patrons were both inside and outside in the club’s parking lot.
Officers located two gunshot victims- one male outside of the club and a second male still inside. Both were in critical condition when they were rushed from the scene to Parkview Hospital and taken into surgery, however one died just after 3 a.m. The other died at 9:05 a.m. A third male victim was privately transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in fair condition.
The first deceased victim is described as a black male, Jeffery James Moore, 23, of Fort Wayne. There are no descriptive details about the second deceased victim at this time. An autopsy for the second victim is scheduled for Monday. The identity of the deceased will be released once positive identification has been made and next of kin have been notified.
Police say more than 200 people witnessed the shootings.
"We're still receiving leads," said Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne Police Department's Public Information Officer. "You can't convince me that a large number of witnesses did not [see] the disturbance ... There is key information contained by individuals [who] saw it. We are hopeful that they will step up and do the right thing."
No arrests have been made at this time. Investigators are asking anyone at the club who witnessed the event to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1222 or CrimeStoppers at 436-STOP. Police say calls are anonymous and could be crucial in helping with the investigation.
This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner's office, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office.
The shootings mark the 23rd murder in Fort Wayne and Allen County for 2010.
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