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  • Fort Wayne police investigate a car, where a shooting victim was found, near Downtown Self Storage at Spy Run Avenue and State Boulevard. (Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:00 am

Shooting spurs school lockout

North Side affected after passenger in car shot

ASHLEY SLOBODA and RON SHAWGO | The Journal Gazette

One person was taken into custody after police found a badly injured man at a self-storage facility near North Side High School Wednesday morning.

Fort Wayne police today said they arrested DeeDee Walker Barnett, 38, of Fort Wayne on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery. They say he assaulted Brian Anthony Lowe Jr., 31, also of Fort Wayne.

Lowe remains in critical condition, according to police.

He was shot in the 1000 block of Lake Avenue northeast of downtown and driven to the self-storage facility, Fort Wayne police spokesman Michael Joyner said.

Police said a friend drove to Lowe's home on Lake Avenue to pick him up to have lunch.

Lowe had just entered the vehicle, police said, when a man dressed in a black-hooded sweatshirt walked up to the passenger-side window and fired a round from a handgun, striking the victim.

The friend, who was not injured, drove from the area in a panic, ending at Spy Run Avenue and State Boulevard, where he called police, Joyner said.

Joyner today in a news release said it is believed the shooting stemmed from an earlier dispute between Lowe and Barnett.

Police were called to Downtown Self Storage, 324 E. State Blvd., a former Kroger grocery store, about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

The car was towed and was being processed by police.

During an investigation, detectives learned of a person of interest, which led officers to a home in the 5600 block of Winter Street, where that person was taken into custody. Detectives interviewed the person of interest to determine his involvement, motive and pending charges, Joyner said.

The activity prompted a temporary lockout at North Side High School.

A lockout happens when there's a potential threat or hazard outside the building, Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman said. It is not the same as a lockdown, which occurs when there is a threat inside a school, she said.

Schools under lockout ensure all windows and doors are secure and don't allow further entry until the all-clear is given, she said. Students go about the school day as usual in these situations, she said, noting any children outside also would be brought indoors.

The shooting remains under investigation by city police and the Allen County prosecutor's office.