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Shooting at Link’s leaves 2 men in critical

September 22, 2018

Two men were in critical condition after being shot Friday morning at Link’s Wonderland, an iconic south-side restaurant and roller skating rink on East Creighton Avenue.

One man was found inside the club’s restaurant and the other in the parking lot, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Neither man was identified. Investigators said the shooting started inside the restaurant area and then continued outside.

Police believe there was only one shooter. No motive for the shooting has been determined, and witnesses were being interviewed.

Link’s is a popular location for breakfast and events such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other parties, said Nasim Walker, who grew up skating at Link’s.

“They’re known to have some of the best breakfast cooking, and they are one of the few places left to go and get real soul food,” Walker said. “Link’s is important to more than just the south (side). I know people who will travel from north, southwest, and even from New Haven to go eat at Link’s.”

Lincoln Chapman, the businessman who founded Link’s, first opened on Maumee Avenue, but built the current location in the mid-1970s, Allen County Councilwoman Sharon Tucker said. It is still family-operated, she added.

Roderick Parker, 38, a local community activist, said he also grew up skating at Link’s and said Friday morning’s shooting was “the equivalent of destroying a landmark.”

“We have to do better as a community to take care of the people and places that took care of so many of us. I don’t understand this at all,” Parker added. “Prayers to the family or families of the young men.”

Both Walker and Parker responded in Facebook messages to The Journal Gazette.

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