INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) started its latest homicide investigation Tuesday evening, after an anonymous caller reported a possible body in an near northeast side alleyway.
The department says this deadly shooting brings the yearly total to 120 murders. That is one criminal homicide away from this same point in 2016, which was went down as the deadliest year on record.
The city's murder rate was behind the 2016 pace in September of this year. Police reported 102 murders, compared to 117 at that same time in 2016. But between September and October, the pace seems to have picked up.
Tuesday evening, officers were called to the scene just south of the intersection of E. 38th St. and N. Adams St. at about 11:15 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 31-year-old man laying on the ground. The Marion County Coroner's Office identified him as Kevin Luther II.
Medics pronounced Luther dead; he had been shot at least one time in the "upper portion" of his body, according to Capt. Harold Turner with IMPD.
"We really don't have any information," Turner said shortly after police arrived on scene, "Homicide is just starting to canvass the neighborhood to see if anyone heard anything."
Turner said it's unclear where Luther had been killed.
"It is unknown right now whether this individual was dropped off, whether he was shot here on the scene, or whether there was an altercation in the car," Turner added.
Overnight, no one else called 911 or reported the sounds of gunshots or struggles in the area of the alleyway.
IMPD says they are treating this as a murder investigation.