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Police and fire

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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne police investigate the scene of a crash Wednesday on Serenity Drive, where witnesses said two people fired at the driver of this SUV.

Driver rolls SUV, flees gunfire on foot

– A shooting Wednesday is being called an ambush by friends and family of a man who crashed his sport utility vehicle after two people opened fire on him on Fort Wayne’s southeast side.

As of Wednesday evening, there were no reports that the driver of the SUV was hit by gunfire.

But as a result of the attack, he rolled the SUV near a basketball court on Serenity Drive and took off on foot into nearby woods, according to police and witnesses.

A woman who identified herself as the victim’s girlfriend said he was treated at a hospital Wednesday and wasn’t seriously hurt.

“He called me after it happened and told me to come and get him,” she told The Journal Gazette. “I believe he was set up.”

The attack occurred about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Townhomes, off Old Decatur Road near Lafayette Street and South Anthony Boulevard.

Police did not release the name of the driver.

A woman at the scene identified herself to police as the victim’s sister and said she was a passenger in the front seat of the SUV he was driving. She told The Journal Gazette her brother had blood on his hands, but she said she didn’t know whether he was shot.

“They were so close to him,” the woman said. “They could have killed him.”

The woman told police that when her brother left the apartment on Serenity Drive, two men followed him and started shooting at his SUV after he was in it.

The SUV landed on its wheels with the engine running after the crash, according to a police report.

Police said the victim ran south on Serenity Drive. Officers canvassed the area near Lafayette Street with police dogs. No one was arrested.

One woman at the scene said she believed jealousy was at the root of the shooting.

“He wasn’t going to stay in the truck and get shot,” the woman said. “They chased him through the woods.”

pwyche@jg.net

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