Investigation into shooting, crash leads to discovery of man’s body in east side home

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two men are in the hospital and a third man is dead following a series of crimes Tuesday morning.

Police say the investigation into a shooting and crash led them to the scene of a homicide at an east side home.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, the man was found dead inside a home in the 6100 block of Raleigh Drive just before noon. Police said the victim suffered from “undisclosed trauma” that appeared to be criminal in nature. On Wednesday, he was identified as Clinton Hamilton, 26.

Police learned about Hamilton's death from someone connected to an earlier shooting and crash on the northeast side.

The shooting was reported in the 6600 block of East 42nd Street around 9:42 a.m. The victim, who was shot in the face, was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

"We don’t know what happened inside the home or what caused the disturbance," said IMPD Major Harold Turner. "We just know there was some type of obvious disagreement."

Just a few minutes later, police were called to 46th and Emerson following a crash.

Police say the suspect in the shooting was driving fast in an SUV when he rear-ended a van, leaving the suspect in serious condition.

At that time, police said the two incidents were no longer a danger to the community.

"The most important thing (is) the community is safe. This is isolated between people that appear to know each other," said Turner.

Then a few hours later, police say one of the people connected to the shooting helped lead investigators to the east side home where a man was found dead inside.

Police were investigating how the cases were connected.

"We are investigating these series of events to determine how or if they are related to the incidents that occurred this morning," said IMPD officer Genae Cook.

Neighbors didn’t hear any gunshots or see anything suspicious. Police wouldn’t say how the man died inside the home, but are treating it as a homicide, leaving neighbors waiting for answers.

"I’m scared. I'm really scared for me and my kids and my family," said neighbor Samantha Redd.

The driver of the van in the accident on 46th also suffered minor injuries. Police say that driver stayed on scene and cooperated and is expected to be okay.

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