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CORONER: Two 19-year-olds were shot, killed in overnight violence

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Joseph Bossard

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Allen County Coroner's Office has identified the two 19-year-old men who were shot and killed overnight.

Anderson Retic and Joshua Cole Cooper, both of Fort Wayne, were shot while they were sitting in their car on Hobson Road Wednesday evening.

Both men died from multiple gunshot wounds, and their deaths mark the 5th and 6th homicides in Allen County so far this year.

The third victim hit by gunfire -- who has yet to be identified -- was last listed in critical condition.

Authorities have a suspect in custody linked to the crime.

Joseph Bossard, 32, now faces two counts of murder and one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Joseph Bossard, 32, now faces two counts of murder and one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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Court documents revealed the suspect and the three men who were shot got into a verbal argument at the gas station before it erupted into violence.

Surveillance video captured the whole ordeal.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bossard went inside the gas station to buy cigarettes. That's when an argument started between Bossard and the three shooting victims.

Police say security video captured an image of Bossard entering the gas station's store.

Security video reportedly shows Bossard get into his red pickup truck and begin circling around the pumps. At one point he almost struck one of the boys standing outside the gas pump.

That's when he abruptly left, but returned in his pickup truck just two minutes later, parking directly behind their vehicle all three victims were sitting in.

Police believe this is Bossard's truck at the gas station. They say it matched the one found at his home.

Court documents say video shows Bossard get out of his truck with a handgun, run over to the parked car and then open fire on them.

The victims tried to escape by driving away with Bossard in pursuit, but their car ended up crashing into a snowbank about a half-mile away from the gas station.

Detectives said they found shell casings both at the gas station and near the crashed vehicle.

Witnesses helped police come up with the suspect and eventually track him down.

Law enforcement took Bossard into custody following a standoff.

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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