FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – More juveniles are getting guns and committing crimes in Fort Wayne.

“In the last two years, I say we’ve probably seen more juvenile offenders booked for homicide than we’ve seen in the last five or six years,” Det. Marc Deshaies with the Fort Wayne Gang and Violent Crimes Unit said.

Already in 2024, the two homicides in Allen County involved juveniles and another shooting on January 20 in Fort Wayne also involved juveniles.

“My concern is juveniles haven’t gotten to that rational processing stage in their brain where they can make a decision about life and death, let alone their life, and you give them a tool that’s the equator of death and you have given it to something that’s irrational,” Deshaies said.

It’s easier for juveniles to access guns now through social media.