Teen dead after being shot inside restaurant at Pendleton Pike strip mall
LAWRENCE, Ind. — A person in their “late teens” is dead after being shot during a confrontation at Pendleton Pike, according to authorities.
Police have arrested 18-year-old Jaylen Ryle on a preliminary charge of murder.
The shooting occurred inside a Penn Station restaurant in the 10600 block of Pendleton Pike just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
According to police, the shooting stemmed from a confrontation between two individuals who investigators confirmed did not work at the restaurant but were known to one another.
Police are unsure at this time of what led to the confrontation escalating between the two individuals, but said it ended with one of them pulling out a handgun and shooting the other.
Officials said the shooter did not leave the scene but merely walked to his vehicle and made himself known as officers arrived on scene.
Police added that the shooter did have a state issued permit for his handgun.
The victim, who police said was not armed, was initially taken to the hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to their injuries.
Police only identified the victim as being in their “late teens,” but did not further clarify their age or identity at this time.
Some area businesses nearby followed store protocols by sheltering people inside until the incident was cleared by police.
“I’m sure there was some concern that this could evolve into a larger incident,” said Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff of the Lawrence Police Department. “Fortunately, it did not, but also having said that, there’s one family grieving and we’re saddened by that.”
The investigation into this incident is ongoing.