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Surveillance brings arrest in Kroger shooting

December 22, 2018

It didn’t take police long to track down the man identified as the Kroger shooter.

Marr Peter Brown, 31, is accused of shooting James Michael Walker, 46, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as the two men argued in the meat department of the Kroger store on North Clinton Street. Walker was still in critical condition Friday.

According to court documents, Brown, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, teal Nike shorts and white compression pants, first shot Walker with his hand in his hoodie.

Walker ran into aisle 4 and fell to the floor. One witness Wednesday night said that Walker fell into her cart as he collapsed, endangering her and her two children, ages 4 and 1.

Brown chased Walker and, as Walker was on the floor, Brown fired another bullet into him, hitting his left leg near the groin, court documents said.

Brown then calmly walked away, but turned back toward aisle 4, pulled a gun out of his hoodie, and manipulated it as if he were changing the gun’s magazine, court documents said.

Video surveillance caught Brown as he went back to aisle 4, then turned around and calmly walked through the store exiting through the main doors, driving away in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Records showed that the black 2017 Jeep is registered to Brown, court documents said.

Police arrived to find Walker at the end of aisles 4 and 5, court documents said.

An officer with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department heard the description of Brown and identified him through store surveillance. The county officer said that Brown was already under surveillance for an unrelated investigation and that Brown had been working out at an unidentified Max Fitness earlier Wednesday.

Brown was seen in Max Fitness surveillance wearing the same clothes he wore at Kroger, court documents said. Wednesday night, officers pinpointed Brown’s location at an apartment on Dolphin Drive, although that is not the home address listed on court documents, which is in the 5300 block of North Clinton Street.

Officers found Brown’s Jeep parked outside the Dolphin Drive apartment building near Hanna Street, Tillman Road and Lafayette Street.

Thursday around 10 p.m., Brown’s black Jeep was spotted at Lafayette Street and Woodland Avenue. When police pulled the Jeep over in a traffic stop, a woman was driving the Jeep and said that Brown had her vehicle.

About 11:15 p.m., Brown showed up at the witness’s apartment, and he was taken into custody.

At the hospital, law enforcement attempted to speak to Walker, however, Walker would only speak through his attorney, Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne Police Department public information spokesman, said Friday.

Brown was charged Friday with attempted murder and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, Brown was released after satisfying a bond of $52,500, an Allen County Jail spokesman said.

Brown has a court hearing next week. 

jduffy@jg.net

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