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Armed gun store robbery ends in pursuit, crash

Fort Wayne Community Schools locked down seven schools because police were looking for a suspect in the area related to an armed robbery earlier in New Haven, a school spokeswoman said.

The lockdowns were later lifted.

A customer was pistol-whipped in the face and shot at inside a gun shop called Shooters, 660 Lincoln Highway W. in New Haven, after which the suspects fled to Fort Wayne, police said.

An Allen County officer spotted the suspects' blue Impala near Indiana Tech and a pursuit began, authorities said.

The chase ended at the intersection of Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue where the suspects' vehicle hit a truck and police car before crashing in the parking lot of Ya Boy Chicken & Fish, 4304 S Anthony Blvd.

Three of the four suspects were either injured or caught immediately, with the fourth remaining at large, according to authorities.

Seven city schools were in lockdown while police looked for him.

Statement as issued by Fort Wayne Community Schools: These are the schools that were on lockdown: Abbett, Irwin, Scott and Weisser Park elementary schools, Towles Intermediate School and Whitney Young Early Childhood Center. They are no longer on full lockdown, but students are not to go outside for recess or any other activity. At dismissal we will have additional adults present to ensure safety.

The district was posting any updates on its Facebook page.

Officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Department, as well as paramedics, were at the crash scene Tuesday near Ya Boy's.

There was a trail of debris strewn across the intersection with several people taken in ambulances from the scene.

The blue Impala is crumpled and there were sneakers and clothing on the ground where paramedics worked on one person. One, if not more, of the suspects were pinned inside.

One of those taken to the hospital was a bystander in a pickup truck that was struck in the intersection.

Also at the scene is an unmarked black police car that appears to have been hit toward the rear of the driver's side.

No ages of the victims or suspects were immediately available, but at least one of the suspects might have been in his teens, an officer at the scene said.

One of the suspects was taken to a hospital in serious condition, police said.

Several handguns were taken during the robbery.

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