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Lake Avenue shooting victim has died; 29th homicide in Allen County in 2017

The victim in last Wednesday's Lake Avenue shooting has died. Suspect now charged with murder.

Posted: Oct. 26, 2017 11:52 AM
Updated: Oct. 31, 2017 10:41 AM

Man found shot
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Update: The Fort Wayne Police Department has identified the victim and suspect from Wednesdays shooting incident on Lake Avenue. Brian Anthony Lowe, Jr., 31 of Fort Wayne remains in critical condition from his injuries. DeeDee Walker Barnett, 38, of Fort Wayne has been charged with a preliminary charge of aggravated battery. Investigators say the shooting was a result of a previous altercation between Lowe and Barnett.

Original Story:
A peaceful ending to an afternoon standoff for the Fort Wayne Police Department.
"I just saw the police flying over here, they have the door bangers out and they surrounded a house out here," said witness Tashiena Fernanders.
It all started around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning when police responded to Spy Run Avenue and State Boulevard after reports of a shooting.
"When we arrived we found a victim inside the automobile that was driven there by a friend," said Fort Wayne Police Department Public Information Officer Michael Joyner.
Investigators say the victim was sitting in a car with his friend near his home on Lake Avenue when he was shot. They say the friend panicked and drove off, calling police as he drove.
"That victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition," said Joyner.
Police then went to the victim's home and investigated the crime scene. While they were at that scene, they received information that took them to a home on Gladstone Drive on the southeast side. Moments after clearing that scene, they went to a home a few blocks away on Winter Street after a tip from a witness.
"We set up a perimeter on the house. We were able to establish a telephone call inside, it was one of the two individuals that were found inside the house."
Those two people then surrendered and were taken into custody. The person of interest was then taken in for questioning.
Joyner says he's glad the standoff ended without any injuries.
"We did everything that they were trained to do, and we responded accordingly."
The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Update:  The Allen County Coroner's Office says the victim of last Wednesday's shooting on Lake Avenue has passed away at a local hospital.  An autopsy was completed and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.  The manner of death has been ruled a homicide.  Brian A. Lowe, Jr., 31, is the 29th homicide victim in Allen County in 2017.

The charge of aggravated battery against the suspect, DeeDee Barnett, 38, has been upgraded to a charge of murder. No new court date has been set for Barnett at this time.

Update: The Fort Wayne Police Department has identified the victim and suspect from Wednesday's shooting incident on Lake Avenue. Brian Anthony Lowe, Jr., 31 of Fort Wayne remains in critical condition from his injuries.  DeeDee Walker Barnett, 38, of Fort Wayne has been charged with a preliminary charge of aggravated battery.  Investigators say the shooting was a result of a previous altercation between Lowe and Barnett.

Original Story:

A peaceful ending to an afternoon standoff for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

"I just saw the police flying over here, they have the door bangers out and they surrounded a house out here," said witness Tashiena Fernanders.

It all started around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning when police responded to Spy Run Avenue and State Boulevard after reports of a shooting.

"When we arrived we found a victim inside the automobile that was driven there by a friend," said Fort Wayne Police Department Public Information Officer Michael Joyner.

Investigators say the victim was sitting in a car with his friend near his home on Lake Avenue when he was shot. They say the friend panicked and drove off, calling police as he drove.

"That victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition," said Joyner.

Police then went to the victim's home and investigated the crime scene. While they were at that scene, they received information that took them to a home on Gladstone Drive on the southeast side. Moments after clearing that scene, they went to a home a few blocks away on Winter Street after a tip from a witness.

"We set up a perimeter on the house. We were able to establish a telephone call inside, it was one of the two individuals that were found inside the house."

Those two people then surrendered and were taken into custody. The person of interest was then taken in for questioning.

Joyner says he's glad the standoff ended without any injuries.

"We did everything that they were trained to do, and we responded accordingly."

The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.