Man suspected of shooting 3, killing 1 in Hammond home arrested after manhunt

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HAMMOND, Ind. -- A manhunt is over in northwest Indiana after a shooting inside a home left one woman dead and two people in critical condition Monday morning.

A neighbor who lived near the home in Hammond, IN said she was woken up at about 6 a.m. to screaming and arguing, and then heard three gunshots. Police responding to a call from the residence found 44-year-old Carmelle Erbie Cajuste was shot in the head and killed, and a 36-year-old woman and 27-year-old man were also shot and transported to the hospital in critical condition. All three victims lived in the house, and family members said they are all cousins. Police said they were shot at or near the front door.


Joseph Barner

Sources say 32-year-old Joseph Barner, who was the suspect in the shootings, has turned himself into authorities after a standoff at a home in Lynwood. Earlier in the day, the discovery of his vehicle near the site of the shooting sparked a manhunt in the surrounding neighborhood. Family members told WGN Barner was the on-again off-again boyfriend of one of the victims, and neighbors said they suspected the shooting was domestic in nature. Police confirmed that he is now in custody, and the shootings are under investigation.

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