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EUCLID AVE AND OXFORD CHILD SHOOTING 1 14 2020
A 13-year-old boy was hurt after someone shot through a home in the 3800 block of Euclid Ave. on Jan. 14, 2020.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne Police are investigating a shooting that left a boy seriously hurt Monday night, the second shooting into a home in two days to wound children inside.

At about 10:45 Monday night, a 13-year-old boy answered a knock at the front door of his home in the 3800 block of Euclid Avenue, a few doors down from Irwin Elementary school, and was greeted by a spray of gunfire.

Hit more than once, he was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

A 13-year-old boy was hit by more than one bullet when he answered a knock at the front door of his Euclid Avenue home.

Detectives are canvassing the area to interview witnesses but are using technology to help find the shooter, like posting on neighborhood portals and asking for Ring doorbell footage.

An email from Ring will be delivered to customers in that area, asking for them to share footage with police because it's not mandatory.

"We have a time frame on that between 10:30 and 10:45 that we're looking at video from. So early before the shooting, a little bit after the shooting, so we can see just the general area. Who's coming and going, those kinds of things, and we'll track down any lead we can," says Fort Wayne police Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

She says investigators are already tracking down leads in a similar shooting very early Sunday morning, where someone fired six shots into the bedroom of a home on Logan Avenue.

One round hit 8-year-old Jamar Davis in the chest, but he is expected to survive.

Detectives don't believe the two similar shootings in less than two days are connected, but that doesn't lessen the impact.

"It definitely gives you an unsettling feeling," Diana Swayze of the Boys & Girls Club says.

Leaders at the Boys and Girls Club say kids' feeling like they might be a target at home is why they try to create a safe space for kids to build solid, trusting relationships with adults and their peers.

"We want them to be safe enough to share those kinds of experiences or if they've heard things that might be happening to where we can maybe be the person that intervenes with the parents or even with the police to be able to help them feel like they've made a positive impact," Swayze says.

Children may very well hear the rumors on the street about these two shootings, and police say with your help they can catch the shooters in both cases.

"We will bring these people to justice, but we do need the community's help to do that. We cannot live in a safe community without the community's help," Rosales-Scatena says.

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Police responded to the 3800 block of Euclid Avenue near Oxford Street to reports of shots fired and someone hit inside.

When officers arrived, they found a 13-year-old boy inside the home had been struck.

Detectives believe someone knocked on the front door, and when the teen when to answer it, someone fired shots through the door.

Police said two other people were inside at the time of the shooting.

This is the second case of a child being hit by gunfire in less than two days.

At this point, there are no suspects.

" There is very little information on this incident and we are asking the community to please help us with these last two shootings. We need to continue to work together to put an end to this. Our detectives are working tirelessly on these shootings. Please come forward with any information you may have about these or any other shootings," FWPD Public Information Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena said.

If you have any information that might help police with their investigation, please call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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