Police: Five Men Wounded In Gang-Related Shooting Identified (VIDEO)

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February 18, 2014 Updated Feb 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The identities of the five men hospitalized after a series of what Fort Wayne police called "gang-related shootings" early Sunday morning.

The victims are Brandon Hardy, 31 of New Haven and Dawann Martin, 30, Kavonte Bingham, 22, Charles Phillips, 19, and Christopher Ladd, 19 all of Fort Wayne.

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The Fort Wayne Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that may have left up to five men suffering from gunshot wounds.

It started when officers responded to a call at the 1800 block of Fox Point Trail at 4:31 a.m. on an unknown problem call. Upon arrival, officers located two men outside suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both men were taken to a local hospital in serious condition, one was later downgraded to critical condition.

Officers searched the area and found evidence of an apparent disturbance in the intersection of E. Tillman Rd. and Lafayette St.. Officers found shell casings and broken glass that indicated a disturbance involving gun fire had taken place.

At 4:51 a.m., the Fort Wayne Police Department was notified that two men were had been privately transported to a local hospital suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Then at 4:56 a.m. another local hospital notified FWPD that a man suffering from gunshot wounds had been privately transported there as well.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what happened at the intersection of E. Tillman Rd. and Lafayette St.. They have yet to confirm that all five men were injured at the disturbance or separate incidents. However, there were no other reports of any shootings in the established time frame.

Two of the victims are said to be in good condition, another two are in serious condition, and another is in critical condition.

UPDATE: The Fort Wayne Police Department confirms violent disturbance was the result of a dispute between two rival gangs.

Early Sunday morning, gang members chased each other in vehicles to the Lafayette St. and E. Tillman Rd. intersection, where the shootout ensued.

Officers say it's too early to determine if this shooting is related to other recent February shootings.

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