First, he heard four or five shots.
His sister thought they were firecrackers, but having lived there long enough, he knew better.
When he stepped through the door of his John Street home, the man saw one boy run through his yard.
An additional two boys soon joined the first along the street.
They looked over their shoulders as if they were running from something, and then the trio converged near the baseball field at Weisser Park.
The man watched as they carried backpacks and ducked behind the park’s youth center.
At least one of the boys was bleeding.
The kid said, I’ve been grazed,’ said the man, a witness to the shooting.
They were about 12 or 14 years old, said the man, who didn’t want to be identified.
Those were some of the details given to Fort Wayne police officers Monday afternoon while they canvassed the south-side neighborhood near Weisser Park Elementary School in the wake of a triple shooting.
No one was killed, but it did leave three teens with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
It also left a neighborhood that has been the scene of several shootings in the past year with more cause to worry.
Winter came in and things were calm, said an 18-year-old woman who lives in the 800 block of Colerick Street, which might’ve been ground zero for Monday’s shooting.
When summer comes, things get crazy, the woman, who declined to give her name, continued.
Details on the latest shooting are sketchy. Police were called to a home at 815 Colerick St. about 12:25 p.m. where they found the first injured teenager.
He was bleeding from one of his lower extremities, police said.
The woman on Colerick Street said the teen appeared to be 18 years old.
Officers and detectives soon learned that multiple people were involved in the shooting.
The man on John Street, who had called 911, told them of the three boys he saw running.
When police looked behind the youth center, police found two of those teens, both of whom had been shot.
What officers did not find were the backpacks the man said the boys were carrying, or the third boy the man saw.
As of Monday afternoon, police had not located any backpacks or a weapon, despite checking the roof of the elementary school and youth center.
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ last day of school was Friday.
Krista Stockman, spokeswoman for FWCS, said even though there were no students at Weisser Park Elementary the staff at the school had been put on heightened awareness.
They were told to not let anyone in or go out while police were investigating.
Police also asked staff at the youth center to keep people inside.
At least one K-9 unit was brought to the scene to search for the third boy seen leaving the Colerick Street area.
No motive for the shooting had been given Monday afternoon.
The witness on John Street who called 911 had done so before, he said.
On Oct.12, he called police after hearing shots behind his garage.
When officers arrived, they found a man in the 800 block of Colerick Street who had been shot in the back and paralyzed.
His assailant, who robbed him after the two smoked synthetic marijuana, is serving 25 years in prison.
Days later, two other men were shot nearby, in the 3100 block of Smith Street.
One of those men died and another was taken to a hospital badly injured.
No arrest had been made in Monday’s shooting as of press time.