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Victim in midtown Tucson shooting, 'firebomb' incident dies

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 20:09:01-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A woman found at the scene of a shooting involving firebombs in midtown Tucson last week has died, police confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Deborah Barnette, 65, was rushed to Banner University Medical Center after she was found at the scene near Roger Road and Campbell Avenue Thursday evening. Police say she died Monday.

Police say the 54-year-old suspect died on Sunday, March 24.

It started Thursday evening when police received reports of a dispute between neighbors at the intersection that evening. When they arrived they found several homes on fire, and 54-year-old Donald Shoemaker who had shot himself, but was still alive.

Police say he was suspected of throwing some kind of "flammable item" at the homes, and shooting Barnette before turning the gun on himself. She fought for her life in the hospital for days but finally succumbed to her injuries Monday, police confirmed.

Shoemaker is still on life support at the hospital.

Police say anyone with information on the incident should call 88-CRIME.