Police looking for person of interest after man is shot near Indiana State Fair

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking information about a “person of interest” in the shooting of a man attempting to park his car on a street near the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Avis White, 42, was wounded in the chest.

“The victim parked on a public street, was approached by the suspect, a disagreement over that parking space ensued and we believe the suspect then shot the victim,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams. “The suspect was illegally trying to engage the victim into parking in a legal parking space.”

Takisha Morris told CBS4 that after White was approached by a man in an orange shirt and reflector vest, her boyfriend answered, “This is a public street,” and was shot.

“This was not an official sanctioned individual who was associated with the state fair. This was a suspect who committed a crime who we are actively pursuing,” said Adams. “Events like the fair sometimes bring in individuals like this.”

Indiana State Police continue to investigate the break-ins of several vehicles in the state fairgrounds infield two weeks ago in an area accessible to both the general public and temporary fair employees.

“We really focus on safety on the fairgrounds,” responded Lesley Gordon, fair spokeswoman, when asked about Sunday’s shooting several blocks from the fairground’s main East 38th Street entrance, “and while it was really close, it wasn’t on the fairgrounds.”

While IMPD detectives are preparing charges against their person of interest, investigators encourage neighborhood witnesses and anyone who knows the gunman to call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.

“We received some information from the community that obviously this is a crime that is very heinous to everyone,” said Adams. “I think it impacts the people in this neighborhood who don’t want that stigma and they want this individual off the street and they were very crucial in providing information to detectives to help them put them in the direction of a person of interest.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s