FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - How will community leaders move forward after Friday's double critical shooting on Fort Wayne's southeast side?
That's the big question, as Friday's shooting took place less than 24 hours after a powerful community meeting where more than 200+ concerned citizens showed their support for the city's south side.
Community leaders say all they can do is stay the course because they say more jobs will continue to lower the area's crime rate.
Those same leaders cite Friday's shooting as additional motivation to take back the city's south side.
According to Fort Wayne Police, Friday's double shooting was an apparent war of words.
The victims were sitting in their car, when a conversation with people in a nearby car, turned heated and left two men critically wounded.
Officers say 52-year-old Derrick White has been treated and released from a local hospital.
However, 24-year-old Dana Jones Jr. is still in critical condition.
One of Jones' family members exclusively told Indiana's NewsCenter that the 24-year-old was shot at least seven times.
Indiana's NewsCenter also spoke to Reverend Michael Latham, a member of the Southtown Area Advisory Committee, the group behind the community meeting that was held the day before the shooting.
Latham says he has seen situations like this before, whenever something positive takes place, something negative tries to reverse that.
Latham says he and his fellow community leaders are on the right track to bring new businesses to Fort Wayne's south side.
"It is our community and I think we all gotta live for it and be determined regardless of what happened that we are going to make this work and we are going to do what we can to make it happen," says Renaissance Baptist Church Reverend Michael Latham, of the Southtown Area Advisory Committee.
"Let's not give up, and I tell anybody, one thing I don't like about people are those that quit and see I'm just not a quitter and I'm just determined to move on," says Latham.
So far, Fort Wayne Police detectives have interviewed witnesses and family members.
However, no suspects have been named in this case but are looking for up to four suspects seen leaving the scene in a mid-to-late 80’s white Oldsmobile, Friday afternoon.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (260) 436-STOP.
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