One dead, one wounded, cars damaged after hail of gunfire on west side

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 1, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Homicide Detectives are trying to get to the bottom of a double shooting that left one man dead and another badly wounded on the city’s west side.

Police responded to a call in the 1200 block of West 29th Street near Elmira Street just before 3:30 a.m.  Officers arrived to find shell casings littering the street, and a 33-year-old man with a gunshot wound.  The man was rushed to Eskenazi Hospital, but later died from his injury.

A few minutes later, officers found a 20-year old man one block away on Eugene Street with a gunshot wound to the thigh.  He was last listed in serious condition at the hospital as of late Wednesday afternoon.

The hail of gunfire left multiple vehicles up and down the street with shattered windshields and bullet holes.

“I didn’t know they was gunshots,” said David McCloud, who lives on the block.  “I though it was someone shooting fireworks,”  McCloud was one of about five neighbors who watched police tow their damaged vehicles away for evidence.

“Neighbor across the street said you better check your car, look and see if there’s any bullet holes in it,” he said.  “And that’s when I got out and looked and saw that it was hit.”

Investigators say both of the men who were shot were known to police.  The 33-year old man who died has a history of drug arrests going back at least 15 years.  But it wasn’t clear late Wednesday if the men had shot each other, or someone else had been involved in a shootout.  Evidence technicians spent more than 6 hours collecting shell casings and processing the scene.

The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition’s Reverend Charles Harrison, who’s church is located in the area, pointed out that the block is in one of the city’s target zones for combatting violent crime.  And although the block has been relatively quiet lately, he said it still has its struggles.

“You see on this block abandoned homes, which breeds crime and violence,” Harrison said.  “Just the high unemployment among, particularly young black males.  When that happens, too many young men get into the underground economy of drugs.”

Detectives 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.

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