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Police, family: victim met accused killer at strip club

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Ronald Shewmaker, 44, charged with murder after Clarksville shooting Monday. Ronald Shewmaker, 44, charged with murder after Clarksville shooting Monday.
Lisa McQuirt, 32, died Monday after shooting at a Clarksville home. Lisa McQuirt, 32, died Monday after shooting at a Clarksville home.
Dodge Charger found at scene with tires flattened Monday. Dodge Charger found at scene with tires flattened Monday.

CLARKSVILLE, Ind.  (WDRB) -- Family and friends of a woman shot and killed in Clarksville Monday say she worked hard to support her five children.

Police and her family and friends believe a relationship that developed where she worked led to her death.

They say Lisa McQuirt met her accused killer at the strip club where she worked.

"If he so-called loved her, why would he do that? Why can't people just talk? Why do you have to go up to somebody and kill them and take them away from family and kids? I don't understand," said Tina Smith, McQuirt's friend.

It's the question McQuirt's friends and family may never be able to answer.

Police say 44-year-old Ronald Shewmaker of Harrison County, shot McQuirt at a Clarksville home just before 5 a.m. Monday.

They believe Shewmaker followed McQuirt to a friend's home on Kenwood Avenue, for what would be the end of several weeks of stalking.

"The male subject inside answered. He knew this person, our suspect Ronald Shewmaker. He told our victim he was out there. She went out there to talk to him, and that's all we know. The next thing you know, she was coming in the side door where she had been shot," said Clarksville police Maj. Darrell Rayborn.

McQuirt died at University Hospital in Louisville. She was 32 years old.

Officers later arrested Shewmaker at his home in Harrison County, Indiana.  They recovered the handgun they believe was used in the killing. He's now charged with murder.

"He broke down a pretty-decent-sized family," Smith said.

Smith said McQuirt met Shewmaker at least three months ago at the Bottoms Up strip club, where she worked in Louisville.

Smith and Shewmaker's father tell WDRB News the couple began dating, and Shewmaker bought McQuirt the Dodge Charger found at the crime scene with its tires flattened.

Smith and other relatives say Shewmaker had broken windows and previously slashed the tires.

"He wanted her all (to) himself, you know? He didn't want her at the club dancing in front of anybody else and was jealous and all that and one thing led to another," Smith said. 

McQuirt leaves behind her mother, a husband in the Floyd County jail and the five children.

The family has set up a fund at Your Community Bank. 

Shewmaker was due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Earlier story Monday: 

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A mother of five, shot outside an apartment in Clarksville, has died in the first homicide in that Southern Indiana city this year. 

Major Darrell Rayborn tells WDRB that officers responded to reports of a shooting on West Kenwood Avenue just before 5 a.m. Monday.  When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim, now identified by family members as 32-year-old Lisa McQuirt, with several gunshot wounds.

McQuirt was taken to University of Louisville Hospital where she died from at least four gunshot wounds to the chest and neck. Police say she was shot from the front outside of the duplex, but made it back inside to call for help. She was a mother of five children, ages two to 16, family said.

Rayborn says officials with Indiana State Police and Harrison County Sheriff's Department helped to locate 44-year-old Ronald Shewmaker at his home in Corydon just hours after the shooting. He was arrested and  has been charged with murder. Police say he is being held at the Clark County Jail.

A family member says Shewmaker had been following McQuirt, and even came to her house in New Albany last week, where he broke her car window and slashed her tires. A police report was filed, according to the family member.

Police say many people lived at the duplex on Kenwood Avenue and they have been called to that location before for domestic disputes. They say a car licensed to McQuirt and Shewmaker was taken from the scene with no air in the tires.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer says a child was in the residence when McQuirt was shot outside. The child was later released to a family member.

We spoke with one neighbor who said he thought he heard gunshots, but wasn't sure what was going on.

"I heard four or five gunshots -- what I took to be gunshots," said Gary Aker, who lives nearby. "I looked and I couldn't see anybody moving, and there were no more. It woke me up -- I couldn't be sure what it was, so I didn't call police."

Rayborn and Palmer say McQuirt's boyfriend has been arrested on an unrelated charge. Although investigators say they believe a domestic dispute led to the shooting, they tell us the boyfriend is not a suspect. They did not release McQuirt's boyfriend's name.  They say they are unsure of the nature of the relationship between McQuirt and Shewmaker.

"They knew each other," said Rayborn, who added Shewmaker could have been an "old boyfriend."

McQuirt's family who did not want to go on camera say they are attempting to set up a memorial fund to pay for a funeral.  They say family and close friends will care for her five children as her estranged husband and children's father is currently lodged in the Floyd County Jail.

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