Shooting in Broad Ripple leaves one dead, one injured

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An early morning shooting in Broad Ripple leaves one man dead and another in the hospital.

Officers responded to the shooting in the 6300 block of Guilford Avenue around 3 a.m.

A police officer working late heard a half dozen gunshots.  One 22-year-old shooting victim ran to the officer for help while the other 23-year-old victim died in the dark alley.

IMPD identified him as Tre Spencer, 23, Indianapolis. Police say the 22-year-old victim was shot in the stomach and was upgraded at the hospital to serious, but stable condition.

Police say a bullet hit a car that was parked on Guilford Avenue as well.

No arrests have yet been made and police are still trying to figure out what happened, but people who live and work in the area say they’re disappointed because they’ve spent the last two years working hard to keep violent crime out of broad ripple.

“I hope people realize it’s an isolated incident,” said businesswoman Jeannie Caplin.

Jeannie has helped run Artifacts for nearly 4 decades.  The small store sits across from the alley where the shooting took place.

During the day, parents with kids and pets are a common sight in the area.  At night bars and restaurants bring in a much different crowd.  Jeannie hopes the homicide doesn’t give Broad Ripple a bad name.

“We feel safe, but I worry some customers don’t want to come because of what happens at night, not realizing it’s totally different at night than during the day,” said Caplin.

“I very much think this is a one-off incident.  We’ve tried really hard to make ourselves a safe area and I think we’ve done that,” said Rob Sabatini with the Broad Ripple Village Association.

In July 2014, 7 people were wounded during a shooting on Broad Ripple Avenue.  That sparked police and business owners to develop long term solutions to stop the violence over the last two years.

“Broad Ripple is down over 70 percent in violent crime since 2014,” said Sabatini.

“I'm still convinced Broad Ripple is a safe place.  This is an isolated incident.  I’d bring my family for ice cream around the corner if I had to,” said IMPD commander Chris Bailey.

At the time of the gunfire, there was a police squad car just 75 feet away from the scene of the shooting.  IMPD says at any given time on the weekend there are often more officers working Broad Ripple than anywhere else in the city.

“You know on any given weekend there could be 16-17 officers working in small 8 by 8 block area,” said Bailey.  “When there’s an officer 30 yards from where this occurred.  They had to know the officer was there and it didn’t stop them and it’s frustrating."

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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