Coroner’s office identifies teen killed in shooting at east side hotel with children present

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan police say a man died after a shooting at an east side hotel Thursday night.

Officers were dispatched to the Shadeland Inn in the 3500 block of Shadeland Avenue around 10 p.m. Police found an unresponsive male in a hotel room.

According to IMPD, the shooting apparently stemmed from an argument. The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the man as 18-year-old Lawrence Barnes.

“Some type of altercation occurred between two groups of men, we're trying to figure out if that had to do with some type of child custody issue or drop off or pick up of a child where words were exchanged form one male to another,” said Major Richard Riddle with IMPD.

“Somebody, unfortunately, brought out a gun and began shooting toward another individual. One of the individuals that was involved in this gunplay tonight was fatally struck one time through the window of the hotel room and was fatally shot inside the room,” Riddle said.

A person involved in the shooting arrived at Community East Hospital with a gunshot wound, and Riddle said that individual was a person of interest in the case.

Riddle said there were multiple witnesses to the shooting, including several children.

“Multiple children (were) in the room from my understanding, which is very sad to have young children in very, very close proximity to a gunfight,” Riddle said. “It's by a stroke of luck that one of those children wasn't struck.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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