Police say two children called 911 after their mother was shot in the head by her ex-husband during a domestic argument that escalated to violence. Around 6 p.m., Wednesday, Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting on Clairmont Drive in Semmes.
According to police, 47-year-old Victor Barnes was engaged in a verbal argument with his ex-wife, Lakesha Barnes, in the backyard of a home in Semmes when she attempted to go back inside the house. That’s police say Barnes opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, striking Lakesha in the head.According to witness statements, Barnes then went around to the front of the house and fired several shots at the front door before leaving the scene. Lori Myles, the sheriff’s assistant for public affairs, said it was the children — ages 14 and 10 — who alerted police.
Later the same day, U.S. Marshals and MCSO deputies located and arrested Barnes on East Gulf Terra Drive. Myles said he had fled to Mississippi and abandoned his vehicle but was said to be returning to Mobile when arrested.
Barnes has been charged with attempted murder for the shooting but was also charged on a separate outstanding warrant for third-degree domestic violence — the sixth time the charge appears in his criminal record with the Mobile Metro Jail.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Lakesha Barnes was still listed in “critical condition” at a local hospital.
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