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The Journal Gazette

Tossed bar patrons open fire; 2 shot

– Tiny bits of broken glass littered the sidewalk at an east-side bar Wednesday after people who had been thrown out fired shots into the business, injuring two customers, one critically.

This is the second time in nine months and the fourth time in less than 2 1/2 years that police have investigated shootings at or near Sports & Spirits at East Wayne Street and South Anthony Boulevard.

Fort Wayne police were called to the bar at 1723 E. Wayne at 1:13 a.m. Wednesday.

A man and woman were found suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The man was listed in critical condition, while the woman was taken to a local hospital in fair condition.

It’s unknown whether the man and woman, whose names were not released Wednesday, were involved in the fight, police said.

Calls to Sports & Spirits on Wednesday were not answered. No one was at the bar Wednesday afternoon.

A preliminary investigation into the shooting indicates a fight occurred inside the bar, police said.

A bouncer removed at least two people from the bar and then locked the door. Once outside, the people who were thrown out began shooting through the windows into the bar, police said.

By Wednesday afternoon, the two windows closest to the entrance of the bar had been covered with large boards, and most of the glass had been removed.

Police said they gathered multiple shell casings from outside the front door and investigators began reviewing recordings captured by video surveillance.

Police did not release any information about the shooters Wednesday, but said witnesses and video had been “instrumental” in identifying the shooters.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

On March 2, a man and woman were shot while leaving the bar’s parking lot in a vehicle shortly after 1 a.m. Both were taken to St. Joseph Hospital with serious injuries. An altercation in the lot preceded the shooting, police said.

In September 2012, a man walking near the bar about 3 a.m. was shot multiple times. Officers said it was unclear whether the man was entering or leaving the bar.

In October 2011, a man was shot while attempting to break up a fight outside the bar around 2:30 a.m.