Argument over car preceded shooting near Weisser Park

March 20, 2019

A man suspected of shooting his half-brother in the leg near Weisser Park allegedly did so during an argument over a car. 

About 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Wayne police were called to the 2900 block of South Hanna Street. Officers found the alleged shooter, Arthur Lee Holman, 75, still on the property. According to police, Holman told officers at the scene that he had placed the gun in the garage. 

According to police, Holman and his half-brother were involved in a heated argument, which began over a car, in the backyard of the residence where both live when Holman grabbed his half-brother, causing him to shove Holman to the ground. Holman was ordered to leave the property, but went into the home and returned with a handgun.

Holman shot the man in the leg, police said. 

Holman used profanities when he told police he should have shot the man in the head. “Don’t mess with me,” he allegedly said in a recorded interview with police.

Holman told police the gun he used was in his family for years and that he shot the victim in the leg because he likes him. 

“The defendant stated that he shot (the victim) because the victim disrespected him and the defendant is the oldest male of the family,” a police report states. “The defendant stated if the victim is still at his house when he gets released from jail, the defendant is going to kill the victim.” 

Holman was charged with battery, criminal recklessness, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. 

According to a police report, Holman was convicted of dealing cocaine.

Holman told police he doesn’t care what happens to him.