CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Five children are left without their mother after police say she was gunned down outside a Clarksville home.
Lisa Mcquirt, 32, from New Albany was shot around 5 a.m. at an apartment in the 600 block of Kenwood Avenue. Police arrested Ronald Shewmaker, 44, and charged him with murder.
Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies found Shewmaker at his home outside Corydon, Indiana with the murder weapon still on him not long after Mcquirt's death. His neighbors were surprised to learn why the deputies and Indiana State Police were at the home.
"Whenever you talked to him he was real nice," said a neighbor. "Didn't bother nobody."
Police say the 32-year-old was hanging out with friends on Kenwood Avenue in Clarksville when around 5:00 a.m, one of those friends tells WAVE 3 that they heard a man banging on the door of the next door apartment.
When they asked him what he was doing they say he kept saying "Where's Lisa" and asked the friends if she was in there. The friend says he told the man no, but he wouldn't leave.
Police say eventually Mcquirt went to the door and that's when they say Shewmaker shot her at least four times.
Mcquirt's mother said Shewmaker knew her daughter from her job at Bottom's Up bar. Jean Kerby said Shewmaker had been stalking her for the last few months.
"We were always thinking it was going to be me first, you never think it is going to be your baby," said Kerby.
A friend of Mcquirt's tells WAVE 3 that Shewmaker bought her a car and he believes there was a GPS tracking device on the vehicle.
Just last week Kerby says he threatened to kill her.
"She told him to quit following her and if he didn't she was going to get a restraining order," said Kerby. "We was heading to the police station, but I don't know what he did to talk her out of it. We never did go."
When the calls started coming in that his sister-in-law was shot and killed Michael Mcqurit's first thought went to Lisa's kids, ages two to 15.
"She did what she had to do for them babies," said Mcquirt. "Anyone knows Lisa well enough knows she did what she had to do for those babies. Any means necessary."
Michael Mcquirt said he wish he'd known about the issues she was having when he saw her last week, but her only concern, like normal was helping out those she cared about.
"She brought me out some money because I called her and told her I was in a jam and she said, 'well, I got a little bit of money I can bring you,'" said Mcquirt.
Now he wonders how he, the rest of the family and especially her kids will get by with her gone.
The family has set up a fund to help with funeral expenses. You can donate to the "Lisa Mcquirt Memorial Fund" at any Your Community Bank.