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Relatives conflicted in fatal domestic shooting

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Mary Armstrong stands in the spot where her daughter Ruby Barnette was shot in their home Sunday afternoon by Armstrong's boyfriend Arthur Washington after a family dispute turned violent. Mary Armstrong stands in the spot where her daughter Ruby Barnette was shot in their home Sunday afternoon by Armstrong's boyfriend Arthur Washington after a family dispute turned violent.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -  A candlelight vigil was planned for Thursday night, four days after a family dispute ended in gunfire and death inside a home in Shreveport's Martin Luther King neighborhood, but it didn't end up happening.

More details have emerged about what led to that shooting that has created some bad blood within a local family.

The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon inside a home in the 3200 block of Sidney Street.  That's where officers found 54-year-old Ruby Barnette suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.  Police later charged 67-year-old Arthur Washington with one count of manslaughter.  

Washington is the boyfriend of Barnette's mother, Mary Armstrong.  Armstrong spoke to KSLA News 12 about how the shooting unfolded in the home she shared with her daughter.

Armstrong said it was her daughter along with Barnette's boyfriend, who attacked Armstrong's boyfriend, Washington.  In fact, Armstrong says her daughter hit Washington in the head.

"Hit him with a glass bottle on this side," Armstrong said.

Armstrong described seeing her boyfriend fall to the floor, while holding a gun.  

"That's when the gun went off," Armstrong said.  

The bullet hit Barnette's chest.  She later died at the hospital.  

"That's my daughter. I love my daughter. But, I have told them when they're wrong," Armstrong continued.

Armstrong now blames alcohol for fanning the flames of a long simmering feud that Barnette and her boyfriend had against Washington.  

"That stuff (alcohol) will make you do these things," she said.

Armstrong's other daughter, Liza Miller, said she can't help but feel so conflicted about what's happened and where the family goes from here.

"I love my sister.  I love all my sisters," Miller said. "I don't care how things go now between my mama and my nieces and nephews. I love my sister and I love them, but I'm going to stay by my mama."

Miller fears that other members of the extended family could retaliate against her or her mother. And there's reason to be worried. Washington's car was still parked in the driveway after the deadly shooting and after his arrest.  

Miller says she spotted Barnette's son carrying a large concrete block shortly before it was thrown into Washington's front windshield.  Miller and her mother called police.

Shreveport Police spokesman, Cpl. Marcus Hines confirms that officers did come out to the scene after the block was thrown into the car windshield. But the report states that the suspect had left the scene before they arrived.  No arrest has been made in that part of the case.

Barnette's mother and sister now fear that more retaliation could be on the way. They're just praying it doesn't happen at next week's wake and funeral.  

The family has announced that Barnette's wake will take place  from 6 - 7 p.m. on July 11 at New Bethany Baptist Church on Greenwood Road in Shreveport.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. the next day at the same location.

Barnette's death is Shreveport's 12th homicide of the year.

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