Victim identified after fatal shooting in Zionsville; two white vehicles seen leaving scene

Police at scene on May 5, 2017

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Police released the identity of a man killed in a deadly shooting in Zionsville.

Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Quail Run Court at Quail Run Apartments Friday morning around 5:45 a.m. after residents heard shots fired in the area.

Chief Robert Knox said officers were on the scene within a minute. Police found the victim, later identified as 30-year-old Terrell Scott, of Indianapolis, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Two vehicles were seen leaving the area during the time of the shooting. One was a white Chevrolet Impala and the other was a white Honda Accord.

In the meantime the search for the killer and police can’t say if the shooting was a random act of violence or not.

“It’s way too early to speculate on something like that,” said Zionsville police chief Robert Knox.

Chief Knox says the apartments where the shooting took place are not known to be a trouble spot in the small town.

“A lot of good people live there. I can’t explain this at this point in time,” said Knox.

The fact is, the deadly shooting is only the fifth murder in the history of Zionsville, but the fourth in the last 15 months.

The first took place in 1997 when a woman died after being hit in the head and strangled.  Police say Janice Willey was killed by her husband’s best friend.

Nearly 20 years passed until the next murder early last year when police claim Lucious Hamilton killed his niece Katherine and her 4-year-old son Raymond inside a rural Zionsville home over inheritance money.

Then last September an 82-year-old man was randomly shot and killed in his own driveway.

“Bad stuff happens everywhere and it’s sad when it happens,” said Rev. Dr. Steven Albertin at Christ Lutheran Church in Zionsville.

As pastor at a church directly across the street from this latest killing, pastor Albertin says despite 4 murders in just 15 months, Zionsville is still one of the states safest communities.

“I’ve seen no change in the safety or small town feel of Zionsville,” said Albertin. “I don’t think it demonstrates any big change in the community outside of the fact that we are growing and that increases the possibility of bad things like this happening.”

“Now that we had three last year and one this year, I don’t like it.  I can’t put my finger on why this is happening,” said Knox.

Chief Knox noted his department solved all four previous murders and says they’ll work round the clock on the latest case as well.

“We’re going to aggressively pursue this and use every resource at our disposal to figure out who did this and bring them to justice,” said Knox.

Police did not have much information to give out on a possible suspect and no arrests have been made.

Several agencies were assisting in the investigation, including Whitestown police, Lebanon police, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office as well as the coroner’s office and prosecutor’s office.

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