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Teen to be charged as adult in shooting death

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A 16-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old girl just days before Christmas.

"Tips have been coming in on all of these cases, and that's what's driving this, helping this. And then followed up with really good police work, that's a winning combination, for sure," says Fort Wayne Sergeant Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

Sgt. Rosales-Scatena says that comibination led detectives to arrest a 16-year-old boy for the December murder of 18-year-old Dominique Taylor.

She was shot more than once as she sat in a car in the parking lot of the Villa Capri apartments near Southtown Centre.

Rosales-Scatena says investigators believe Dominique was targeted.

Detectives are reportedly close to arresting more people who were involved in the Dec. 22 shooting death of 18-year-old Dominique Taylor.

"It saddens me that these kinds of things boil into these incidents where someone's life is taken. It's just awful for everyone involved, victims and perpetrators. I mean, these are lives lost," Rosales-Scatena says.

She says because the boy is charged with murder and he's 16 years old, he will be automatically bumped up to adult court.

That could happen in the next few days.

If he's convicted, the presumptive sentence is 55 years in prison.

Rosales-Scatena says in this scenario, everyone loses.

"It's just with their lives ahead of them and then it's just cut like this, whether they're pulling the trigger and going to spend time behind bars, a long time behind bars, or whether they're the victim of the homicide, it's just saddening," she says.

And the case isn't closed yet.

Detectives are reportedly close to arresting more people who were involved.

"We have active persons of interest in this case, as well, so you should expect some more action on this very, very soon," Rosales-Scatena says.

Earlier this week, an 8-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were wounded in separate shootings when someone fired into their homes.

Police tell us they are making progress in those cases but need more information as well as video from doorbells or home security systems.

If you can help, call detectives at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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