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Arrest made in northwest bar shooting

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Indianapolis - Joel Rowley, 36, of Indianapolis was arrested Saturday morning and face preliminary charges of murder and carrying a handgun without a license. Police say Rowley is believed to be the man who shot and killed Leon Pepper outside of Kelly's Pub on Friday morning.

A man was shot and killed in front of a west side bar early Friday morning. Metro Police have released the videotape of the fight that led to the shooting.

The video captured the moments just before the deadly shooting. Police say 25-year-old Leon Pepper stepped outside of Kelly's Pub, his back to the surveillance camera. He took a swing at another man almost immediately.

"This fight may have started over talking to some women in the bar," said Det. Kevin Dooley.

In the surveillance video, Pepper is seen walking out of the bar and another man is thrown out right behind him. That man hits the sidewalk, struggles to get up and then heads for Pepper. Pepper hits the man in the head, knocking him to the ground again, then turns to his left to face another man.

Pepper then gets punched in the head right at the front door, before walking out of the frame of the surveillance video. He was shot just after that.

"The homicide actually took place just outside the bar in the parking lot," said Dooley.

The shooting happened at 3:00 am just as the bar was closing. Police believe one person pulled the trigger.

"We're specifically looking for the male in the gray jumpsuit as a suspect in this case," said Dooley.

The suspect and three others left in a white van. Police arrested one suspect outside the bar. A short time later, an officer stopped a car at Michigan Road and Kessler Boulevard and arrested a second possible suspect.

Police identified one of the men, but he is not considered a prime suspect at this point. Police still have many questions that need answers.

"Basically, I'm looking for anybody that appears to have been part of the fight," Dooley said.

Anybody with any information is asked to call 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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