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Gunman dies, victim survives attempted murder-suicide

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East 100th Street home where Barbara Carter and Dushaun Lee lived together East 100th Street home where Barbara Carter and Dushaun Lee lived together
Barbara Carter (Source: family) Barbara Carter (Source: family)
Barbara's daughter Mashay Williams (m), Mashay's boyfriend Antonio (l), and Mashay's friend (r) Barbara's daughter Mashay Williams (m), Mashay's boyfriend Antonio (l), and Mashay's friend (r)
Barbara's daughter Mashay Williams (l) and Mashay's friend (r) Barbara's daughter Mashay Williams (l) and Mashay's friend (r)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Pieces of crime scene tape and a "do not enter" sticker on the front door - reminders of a Saturday night that was supposed to be so much fun.  Barbara Carter known as "bara" by her friends was getting ready to go out and celebrate her 45th birthday. 

Her ex-boyfriend was there with her at the home they still shared together. Both worked at the Cleveland Clinic.  In fact that's where family members say they met.  Bara was a well liked nurse. 

"He was just distant.  I was there a couple of hours before this happened," says Mashay Williams, Carter's daughter.

"Was there a fight or something?" asks 19 Action News Reporter Denise Zarrella.

"No. He was in the basement.  She was getting ready to go to her party for her birthday," says Williams.

The couple had planned to go their separate ways after their lease was up. 

Family members say they never saw 35-year-old Dushaun Lee get violent, but something changed all that just after Mashay Williams left her mother's home. 

"She wasn't answering her phone, and that's not like her to not answer her phone," adds Williams.

Police say Lee shot Barbara Carter in the head and then turned the gun on himself.  He died, but Barbara Carter miraculously survived.  She's now at Metro Health Medical Center in critical condition.

"She's a loving, drama-free, strong independent woman.  I love her," says Williams, with a smile.

Carter has a long road ahead of her, but those that love her are just relieved that this mother of three survived - well aware that a lot of other victims of domestic violence don't.

"Every time I wake up to the news, I see a murder-suicide.  For the past month I saw about four, but I never thought it would happen to my mother," says Williams. 

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