FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Fort Wayne detectives confirm they’re looking for two suspects who shot a man to death outside a barbershop on the city’s near north side Tuesday night.
Several people called 911 Tuesday evening reporting rounds had been fired near the intersection of Lake and Anthony, and that a man had been shot.
Family members confirmed to ABC21 that the man officers found was 46-year-old Michael LoVett II. Officers say they found the victim lying on the sidewalk outside the Legendary Barbershop on Lake Avenue, a business he owned.
Employees at Lakeside Tattoo two doors down said he kept to himself so they didn’t know him well.
“We didn’t have too many interactions. He seemed really consistent on business, so that’s what I know him as, not as a personal thing. I was not really familiar with the gentleman like that but he seemed like an okay dude in crossing,” Lakeside Tattoo’s Ahmed Tabron says.
“Literally as I was walking through the shop and stuff, I watched him come out of the shop, walk across the street to the gas station, grab a pop, smokes, something like that. Everyday, completely normal occurrence. If I’d have been outside, I’d have waved to him and stuff,” employee Henry Robinson says.
Detectives were busy interviewing witnesses who’d been at the gas station across the street, or driving or walking nearby when the shooting happened.
Police believe two men ran towards Lakeside Park and that a teal vehicle may have been involved in the crime.
As they canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods, detectives asked residents if they had any home security footage that shows any unusual activity at that time.
That’s because video like that has the potential to make or break a case.
“It’s amazing, actually, There have been several cases around the country that have been solved by other people’s surveillance video, not just the actual business. So any time we can get a hold of that kind of information, it just makes it better for our investigations and our investigators to follow up,” says FWPD spokeswoman Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena.
If you have video or other information about the case, call police.
The Allen County coroner’s office is expected to release LoVett’s official cause and manner of death on Thursday.
If his death is ruled a homicide, it will be Allen County’s sixth of the year.