Teenage father shot and killed on Indy’s southwest side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A young boy lost his teenage father when the 19-year-old dad was found murdered Monday night on the city's southwest side, near Thompson and High School Road.

So far, no arrests have been made and police are still piecing together exactly what happened.

An Indianapolis woman made the gruesome discovery while driving home Monday night.

"She said there was a dead body and blood all over the street," said one neighbor.

That woman asked not to be identified, but says after finding the teenager's body lying in the grass along a curb, her daughter quickly called police.

"When she called 911 they said to check for a pulse and said she didn't see his chest moving and he's very very pale," said the neighbor.

The 19-year-old victim has been identified as Steven Hunter.  Strangely, just an hour before his body was found, neighbors say a dark SUV sped through the neighborhood. That suspicious behavior is important, because there is a trail of blood that runs a hundred yards and ends right where the victim's body was dumped.

Unfortunately, witnesses were not able to describe who was inside the SUV.

"The passenger was holding his hand by his face so we couldn't see who it was," said one neighbor.

The murder mystery continues what has been a deadly year around Indianapolis. The IMPD says homicides are up nearly 10 percent compared to last year. Police say the leading cause is fights or arguments.  That's led to 24 killings. Drug related murders rank as the second leading cause with 22 deaths.

The motive for many of the years murders remain unsolved. Police aren't saying what may have led to the killing in this case, but the southwest side has not seen many murders, until now.

The IMPD says nearly 70 of this year's murders remains unsolved.  That is close to 60 percent.

Anyone with information on any of those cases including the one last night is encouraged to call  Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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