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Police investigate second shooting on Werling Drive Friday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Police blocked off Werling Drive Friday night, as they investigated the latest shooting.

It happened around 9:00pm at the intersection of Werling Drive and Capitol Avenue.

Early reports suggested one victim had been shot and was taken to the hospital. Dispatchers, who normally confirm basic information, declined to do so. That's an unusual breach of procedure.

Our journalists on the scene noted officers gathering evidence as others blocked off the street from traffic.

The shooting comes less than a day after a man was shot to death just a few houses down.

The First Shooting

Early Friday morning, just down the street on the 5400 block, officers found 28-year-old Kenneth Jerome Frierson II in a bedroom who died there after having been shot several times.

Other people called 911 to say they'd heard shots and saw two people running from the area.

Police found 21-year-old Trenton Fye in a car near the intersection of Anthony and Pettit who'd also been shot.

Paramedics took him to the hospital in serious condition.

"Later on in the morning, just after 5 a.m., there was a third victim found in the 3300 block of Plaza. She was taken to a local hospital and we do believe they are all three involved in the same incident on Werling," says FWPD's Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

That was 21-year-old Taya Brown.

She'd also been shot, and investigators are sorting out whether the three people shot each other in the home or whether someone else did.

Taritas says officers talked with him at about 1:30.

"Told them the same thing, no, I didn't hear anything about that time, I was sound asleep. And I was like, what's going on? And they said there was a shooting. And I'm like oh, wow! Right next door! Nice, you know?" he says.

"This is a real quiet block. We haven't had no problems on this block at all, so it's really kind of scary," Maxine Evans adds.

Detectives have been able to arrest suspects in recent homicides fairly quickly, and they're hoping people will come forward with what they know about this shooting that can help them piece information together.

"It is really, really scary nowadays. Don't know what this world is coming to," Taritas says.

Kenneth Jerome Frierson II is the 21st homicide victim in Allen County this year.

If you know anything about this shooting call the Fort Wayne detective bureau at 427-1201.

This story will be updated once we learn more.

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