Police make shooting arrest; witness says woman told victim ‘why did you make me do that?’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police have made an arrest in their investigation of a shooting that took place in a northeast Fort Wayne neighborhood Wednesday evening.

Just after 10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Glenwood Avenue on reports of shots fired, according to the police activity log. While en route, the department received several calls from neighbors.

Responding officers found Malik Dean lying in the front yard suffering from two apparent gunshot wounds. Inside a home they found a trail of blood leading from inside to the yard and a bullet hole in the front door.

Dean was taken to a hospital where he was able to talk to police before and after surgery. He told officers that he had gotten into an argument with the mother of his 6-month-old child inside their home. When he tried to leave he was shot from behind.

Bianca Hughes
Photo of Bianca Hughes provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department

The mother, Bianca Hughes, was taken in for questioning and she confirmed she shared the home with Dean and their daughter.

She told police a physical and verbal argument had taken place earlier in the evening between herself and Dean. The two ended up pointing handguns at each other and she eventually shot at Dean two to three times and he dropped his gun on the floor. Hughes said she then followed Dean as he retreated, picking up the gun he had dropped. She then fired two or three more times with the gun she had just picked up.

Hughes said the couple’s child was in a bedroom awake during the incident, but the little girl had not witnessed the shooting.

A neighbor from across the street told police that after coming outside following the shooting Hughes was standing over Dean telling him, “why did you make me do this?”

Hughes faces charges of aggravated battery and three counts of domestic battery including domestic battery with children present.

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