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Police and fire

Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Police mark shell casings in the street after a shooting Thursday on Drexel Avenue.

Drive-by victim seriously hurt

A man was shot several times during a mid-afternoon drive-by shooting Thursday on Fort Wayne’s south side, police said.

The man, who was not identified, was on the brink between critical and serious condition about an hour after the shooting, according to Michael Joyner, police spokesman.

When police arrived shortly after 4:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of Drexel Avenue, they found an adult man who was shot several times, Joyner said. He said investigators learned a dark, compact car was headed west on Drexel Avenue and gunshots rang out as it approached the victim.

Joyner said the man was standing on the street near a parked car when he was shot.

Police do not believe the man lived in the neighborhood, which is composed of single-story houses.

Just a block away from the shooting, children played basketball on the tree-lined street as crime scene technicians photographed shell casings at the scene.

As detectives fanned out along the street in a search for witnesses, Joyner hoped someone in the Greater McMillen Park Neighborhood saw something.

“I would like to think someone has seen some aspect of what took place,” he said.

It was the second shooting in as many days, following a mid-afternoon shooting in the 1400 block of East Lewis Street that left two people with non-life-threatening injuries.

In that shooting, a man got out of a gray car, walked up to a house and opened fire at the people on the home’s porch, according to a police report.