Brother of Lake Avenue shooting victim speaks out

The victim's brother tells WFFT that his family is really hurting, and that his brother was a kind father who would do anything to help anyone.

Posted: Oct 28, 2017 9:19 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2017 9:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- According to police, Wednesday afternoon, 31-year-old Brian Lowe Jr. was shot in the head by 38-year-old DeeDee Barnett while sitting in a car with his friend near his home on Lake Avenue. His brother, Bryson spoke to WFFT's Melea VanOstrand.

"We're hurting, a lot of us are in shock, a lot of us are angry," said Bryson Lowe.

Bryson says Brian was a father of two and active in the community.

"His oldest daughter turned 11 today. His youngest daughter mariah is two-years-old. He loved music. He was a producer and was a local artist. He loved professional wrestling too. He's got youtube wrestling matches."

It all started around 11:30 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 Spokesman Michael Joyner.

The friend panicked and drove away to call police.

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

Police then went to the Lowe's home and investigated the crime scene. While 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," said Joyner.

Barnett and his uncle then surrendered and Barnett was taken in for questioning where he later confessed to shooting Lowe.

According to court documents, Barnett told investigators Lowe was swinging a bat around in the front yard and that's why he shot him. Bryson says his brother and Barnett had a beef for months. Court papers also indicate that Barnett asked officers if he could "Just plead guilty."

"My brother never took his threats seriously and it ended up how it ended," said Lowe.

Although the family is taking it really hard, Bryson says he doesn't have any room in his heart for hate.

"I'm not mad at the guy who killed him. I feel sorry for him because I truly feel that if he had gotten to know Brian, then he would've never felt the need to do it."

Barnett has been charged with aggravated battery. Lowe remains in critical condition.

 

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