IPS: Teen killed in attempted Beech Grove robbery was Arsenal Tech student

BEECH GROVE, Ind.-- Indianapolis Public Schools said a 14-year-old boy killed Saturday morning in Beech Grove was a student at Arsenal Technical High School.

A security guard fatally shot Earnest Sneed and another man after they tried to rob him at gunpoint, according to police. The incident occurred outside The Grove Sports Bar on Alton and Emerson Ave. shortly before 1 a.m. The 23-year-old security guard and his mother were hired by a private company to serve as outside bar security.

They noticed two males pacing suspiciously up and down Emerson Ave. and were about to call 911 when officials say they approached. Sneed reportedly brandished a stolen handgun when he demanded that the mother and son security guards give him everything they had.

When the pair told him they only had a cell phone, officials say the demanded they give him that, and at some point the 23-year-old security guard fired his personal weapon, striking and killing the two suspects.

The adult man killed in the shooting was identified as Seth Easley. Police said the two suspects knew each other from Easley's neighborhood and were not related.

"We want to try and get as much information as we can to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office so they can determine charges," says Beech Grove Police Cpt. Robert Mercuri

Now, officers are reviewing surveillance tapes to identify a few people who were in the area at the time of the shooting. The potential witnesses took off before police arrived.

"There may be other people involved that did not actually go up and do the robbery part of it," says Cpt. Mercuri.

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