Seymour man faces murder charge after shooting

A 61-year-old Seymour man faces a murder charge after he shot his brother-in-law duringĀ a family dispute Sunday in the parking lot of a grocery store on the city’s west side, police report.

Police said William Baker fatally shot Dustin Payne, 33, of Scipio once in the chest in the parking lot of JayC Food Store, 1181 West Tipton Street.

Payne later died from his injuries.

The shooting was reported to Seymour police at 5:57 p.m.

Payne was exchanging his children with his ex wife when the incident occurred.

Baker, who had arrived separately and was not involved with the exchange, and Payne began a verbal altercation which escalated, Chief Bill Abbott said.

Police are unsure how long the altercation took place before Baker shot Payne in the chest once with a revolver.

Abbott said he did not know what caliber the gun was as of late Sunday, and four children were present during the shooting. He said he believed it was the only gun at the scene.

Payne was taken to Schneck Medical Center before being airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition and later died.

Abbott said seven witnesses were interviewed following the incident.

He said each were either current or former family members.

Police initially reported Baker drove to the scene in a gray Chevrolet Suburban and that Payne was parked in a navy Buick sedan.

Abbott said it was Baker who was parked in the Buick, and Payne who was driving the Chevrolet Suburban.

Police tape lined several cars for hours in the parking lot as police investigated the scene. Abbott said officers left around 10 p.m.

Baker was being held without bond.