INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police arrest a man accused of shooting two men outside a Broad Ripple nightclub.
The gunfire erupted in the popular entertainment district earlier this month. One victim, 23-year-old Tre Spencer, died. Another man had to be hospitalized.
A police officer working late in Broad Ripple earlier this month heard a half dozen gunshots. One shooting victim ran to the officer for help while Spencer died in a dark alley.
“It’s just overwhelming right now. Our family is in a lot of sorrow,” said Spencer’s cousin, Alexandria Bagwell.
Bagwell praised police for arresting the accused killer Marcus Barnes, but says Spencer’s family is still devastated by the loss.
“It doesn’t bring him back, but we’re grateful he was caught and he can’t put any other families through what he’s put our family through,” said Bagwell.
“We’re really sad for the family, but we’re grateful we can bring them a little bit of closure,” said IMPD north district commander Chris Bailey.
Police say the shooting in the alley on Guilford stemmed from a long running feud between several people. An argument outside a nightclub between the two groups led to a fight which ended in gunfire.
Police call the shooting an isolated incident that shouldn’t reflect poorly on the public’s safety in Broad Ripple.
“We’ve been working hard with people in Broad Ripple to make sure the area is safe and it is safe,” said Bailey.
In fact, commander Bailey hopes the arrest of Spencer’s killer sends a powerful message to the community and to the city’s youth.
“If you do anything that incites violence in Broad Ripple, we’re going to track you down and you’ll be arrested. There are video cameras everywhere up there. You’re not going to get away with it,” said Bailey.
“We’ve got to do better as a society. If there’s an argument, put the guns down. It’s not worth someone losing their life over,” said Bagwell.
Police say they do not plan to change their public safety plans in Broad Ripple because of this one incident. With the help of business owners and residents, the city has spent the last two years making the area safer than ever.