Man dead, woman wounded in early morning shooting on Indy’s east side

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Police at scene on May 22, 2018

INDIANPOLIS, Ind. — One man is dead and a woman is wounded following an early morning shooting on Indy’s east side.

Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating what led to the shooting, which was reported around 1:40 a.m. in the parking lot of a Marsh store and a Family Dollar near 21st Street and Post Road.

The series of gunshots overnight turned deadly after 24-year-old Delmar Harrell was hit numerous times, while a woman survived being shot in the foot.

“It’s sad. I really don’t understand why they were even in this parking lot.  Everything is closed,” said business manager Diamond Richardson.

Richardson says her business was closed when bullets hit the outside bricks and an adjacent former Marsh store is permanently shut down, so there’s no good reason for anyone to be in the parking lot overnight.

Richardson says she does her best to keep herself and her employees safe at all times.

“We close at 10, but my doors are locked at 9, so you can’t come in and catch me off guard,” said Richardson.

Court records show the woman who survived the shooting Ashley Bushrod had an active warrant from a previous battery and theft charge.

Bushrod was arrested after being released from the hospital.

Early last year in the same strip mall, surveillance video showed two suspects jumping the counter of Jordan’s Fish and Chicken.

Two employees, Wesam Sammour and Ammar Shatnawi were shot to death.  That killing took place 16 months ago, but no one has ever been arrested.

Diamond says she’s tired of the deadly violence hitting so close to home.

“It’s really sad.  Put the guns down.  Anything can be solved by talking about it instead of picking up a gun and taking a life,” said Richardson.

Police said the shooting at 21st and Post was the fourth shooting incident since about 6 p.m. Monday. IMPD was also investigating shootings in the 2900 block of Draper, the 2500 block of Beechcrest Drive and 42nd Street/Mitthoeffer Road.

One person was shot in each of those incidents, police said. All were in good condition.

Anyone with information on a suspect in this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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