Man fatally shot in steakhouse parking lot

| August 16, 2016

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 9:38 p.m., Aug. 14,officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a report of a male shot in the parking lot of 710 W. Washington Center Road, the site of Texas Roadhouse steakhouse.

Officers arrived and located an adult male, later identified as 28-year-old Jeff Lute, who was pronounced deceased by paramedics. Officers were then notified of a second adult male that was privately transported to a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds, and that male remains in critical condition.

Initial reports indicate a verbal argument ensued between two groups of males inside the restaurant, and continued to the parking lot. The argument soon turned into a physical fight, which led to at least one gunshot being fired and an adult male being struck. That victim was quickly loaded into a vehicle by friends who were going to drive the man to the hospital, and the other group walked away. As the vehicle was leaving the scene, they drove around the building and again encountered the rival group, at which point someone from inside the vehicle shot at that group and an adult male was struck, and was later pronounced deceased on the scene. That vehicle then continued to the hospital where that male remains in critical condition.

The occupants of that vehicle were interviewed by police and officers subsequently arrested 29 year old Andrew Cassaday in connection with the shooting. A witness told police that the shooting was the culmination of months of Cassaday and others—alleged members of the Steel Horse Rebels motorcycle club—harassing Lute.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Coroner’s Office, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

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