Police seek man in connection with shooting that paralyzed teenager

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UPDATE: On Tuesday, June 16, police released a still image of a suspect they believe may have knowledge of the shooting that injured Kluth. The image, taken from video surveillance footage, was captured moments after the shooting had occurred.

Investigators urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information shared via Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana is considered anonymous.

INDIANAPOLIS (June 3, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police are hoping a teenage shooting victim will be able to tell them who put him in the hospital.

The call came in just before 9:30 a.m. at 3300 N. Meridian St.  A man told police he found his 18-year-old roommate, Dionte Kruth, suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck.  Kruth was rushed to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

“What we believe is this is not a random act,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.  “We believe the victim likely knew the shooter.  There’s no forced entry to the apartment.”

By Wednesday afternoon, Kruth’s condition was listed as critical but stable.  Detectives were hoping Kruth would be able to tell them who shot him as soon as he was able.

Detectives also have Kruth’s criminal history to look for known associates or known enemies.  Police records show Kruth has several prior arrests involving drugs and guns.  In March this year, he was one of six people arrested when IMPD raided a home on the northwest side and seized drugs, multiple weapons and counterfeit money.

Bambi Gonzales, who lives next door to the Magnolias Apartments said she was not surprised when she heard that Kruth had been shot.  She believes Kruth and others were running a drug operation out of the apartment.

“It’s bound to happen because there’s always money involved and there’s always a lot of money, or somebody’s geeked out.”

Anyone with information is urged to call IMPD Aggravated Assault detectives at (317) 327-3733 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

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