2 incidents leave 4 men shot

May 1, 2019

Four men were treated for gunshot wounds Monday after two shootings on Fort Wayne’s south side.

Police were called about 7 p.m. to East Pontiac Street and Wayne Trace and were then quickly dispatched to the 3500 block of Reed Street on a report of a shooting, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report.

Officers went to the rear of a home after they saw a man run in that direction.

They found one man with a gunshot wound to his leg. He directed police to his friend sitting in the rear of an SUV.

The second victim was talking on the phone and had also been shot in the leg, the report said.

Inside the car, officers saw several shell casings indicating spent bullets and a handgun on the floor of the front passenger seat.

Jekyre Green, 24, and Austin Smasal, 24, were the victims found on scene, according to the report. Torrence Stephens, 27, was also shot and showed up at a hospital with a wound to his arm, the report said.

Another shooting was reported at 10:35 p.m. at 3705 Lafayette St. Thomas Zempel, 18, was found in the driver’s seat of an SUV in a parking lot at that address, the report said.

He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

A female passenger who was not injured identified the victim as her boyfriend.

She said they had gone to the location to pick up someone and when that individual got into the back seat, he started shooting at her boyfriend and continued to shoot as her boyfriend backed up the vehicle with the door open. The shooter used a small black handgun, she said.

Funds sought for pond victim

A GoFundMe account has been set up to cover medical and funeral expenses for 4-year-old Dhanush Kurra of Arlington Heights, Illinois, who died Friday after apparently falling into a small pond behind a home on Carnoustie Lane in the Sycamore Hills addition.

Adult, 3 children escape house fire

Fort Wayne fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage blaze that damaged a home.

Officials said crews arrived Monday at 9:21 p.m. to a two-story house at 5004 Innsbruck Dr. and saw black smoke coming from the attached garage. One adult and three children were already safely outside when firefighters arrived.

The fire was under control in 15 minutes, the fire department said.