FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Fort Wayne's police chief says crime victims need to start talking.
The request by Rusty York for more help from victims comes on the heels of five shootings in six days in the city, including a homicide in a southside barbershop Wednesday.
We now know the identity of the man who died in the most recent shooting.
An autopsy performed Thursday confirmed the victim was 44-year old Kenton Beckman.
The cause of death was gunshot wounds.
The motive in the shooting is not known, but we do know Beckman had a criminal history.
The E & M Barbershop in Pontiac Mall is where it happened.
The business was closed Thursday.
Peering inside, you could still see blood on the floor.
Police Chief York says he’s devoting extra resources to the department's gang unit and to neighborhood response teams, to try and get a handle on the violent crime problems.
He says in a number of the crimes, there are common threads.
" We know that there's gang involvement, that there's drug involvement, and we know that the victims are refusing to cooperate. So, with that mix, it's very difficult to bring the perpetrator to justice when we don't even have a victim that's willing to cooperate," said York.
There is no word on suspects being pinpointed in any of the shootings.
York said there was at least one witness in Wednesday’s shooting, but that he claims he didn't get a real get look at the shooter, who apparently waltzed in, wearing a hood over his head, before firing shots.
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