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Fort Wayne Police arrest man in slaying of 15-year-old

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Just after seven Wednesday night 15-year-old Eric McDonnell, Jr. was beaten and shot in an alley off McKee behind Euclid Avenue on the city's southeast side. He was rushed to the hospital and into emergency surgery, but didn't survive.
EUCLID SHOOTING 2 19 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne Police arrested a 22-year-old man who they say ambushed and then shot a 15-year-old boy.

Just after seven Wednesday night 15-year-old Eric McDonnell, Jr. was beaten and shot in an alley off McKee behind Euclid Avenue on the city's southeast side.

He was rushed to the hospital and into emergency surgery, but didn't survive.

READ MORE: Police: 15-year-old boy shot dead was not a random act

Police arrested Cameron B. Hallett Friday afternoon on a preliminary charge of murder in connection to the crime.

Right now, detectives are interviewing other persons of interest, but at this point, no one else has been charged.

FWPD Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena Says it's too early to tell at this point in the investigation whether this shooting is related to others earlier this year that involved teens.

However, she says detectives do not think this was a random act.

While investigators do have video from some neighbors that shows what happened, police are asking for doorbell or other security videos from anyone else who may have caught something out of the ordinary.

ABC21 dug deeper into Hallett's arrest history.

In December 2015, Hallett pleaded guilty to a single count of conversion (a theft charge) and received a 1-year suspended sentence.

In February 2016, he was charged with felony theft and two misdemeanors, pleading guilty in May, fined and ordered into a drug court program.

Hallett's next arrest was in July 2018 on a domestic battery count. A no contact order was issued as the case made its way through the court system, ending with a dismissal of the charge in September.

One year later, he was arrested on 5 counts including felony theft and weapons-related charges. All were dismissed in October 2019.

Eric McDonnell, Jr. Is Allen County's fifth homicide victim of the year.

If you have doorbell or other security video or you know something about this case call the Fort Wayne detective bureau at 427-1201.

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.

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