Police identify teen shooting victim on east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 4, 2015) – A teenager was shot and killed on the city’s far east side Sunday evening.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police identified the victim as 18-year-old Darrius Taylor of Indianapolis. Officials at Warren Central said Taylor was a student there and released the following statement:

“The entire Warren Central community of administrators, faculty, staff and students are saddened at the recent news of the tragic death of one of our students. It is at times like this that we are reminded to remain vigilant and emboldened in our efforts to ensure the safety and protection of all our children. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Darrius Taylor.”

IMPD officers say several neighbors called 911 around 7:45 p.m. after hearing gunshots in the area of East 25th Street and North Post Road.

Officers found Taylor with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper part of his body. They tried first aid, but he died on the scene.

Police say neighbors saw a vehicle flee the area after they heard gunshots.

Neighbors said Taylor didn’t live at the home but was hanging with friends. They say there is always a lot of activity at that particular home.

“They will pull a history of the area and this particular address,” said IMPD’s Christopher Wilburn. “They will comb through their reports. Once they get the victim identified, they will do their due diligence and look through reports that he may be involved in and try to piece together as much as they can.

“The garage door appears to be open, so that is part of the investigation. The lights are on and nobody is home, so we are going to obviously get a search warrant to go through the home.”

No suspect has been identified and detectives do not have a motive. Police say this does not appear to be a random act.

Detectives urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

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