INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating after four women and one man were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning on Indy’s near northwest side.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting happened around 1 a.m. in the 800 block of West 29th Street, which is near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
Officers were originally made aware that a total of five women had shown up to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. All victims were reported to be in stable condition.
In a press release sent by IMPD at approximately 3:33 p.m., police corrected the information they initially sent out, noting that four women ranging from 51 to 30 in age and a 25-year-old man had been shot.
Police said a fight was taking place when someone broke out a gun and started firing shots. This led to others firing their weapons as a result.
“Detectives believe two individuals met up with others involved to engage in a fight, and at some point, shots were fired,” described Lt. Shane Foley with IMPD. “They were meeting with different groups with the intention of engaging in a disturbance and a fight.”
IMPD also indicated that, when it initially responded to the scene of the crime, it found no victims. Between 1:15 and 1:20 a.m., police reported that the victims had checked in at IU Methodist Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital.
“There’s the likelihood that one or more of the individuals who were injured were bystanders,” Lt. Foley said.
Police also said it is possible some of those responsible were not from the neighborhood.
“What we’re finding a lot of times is people come into a community in which they don’t even live and create problems,” Foley said.
This is what community members in the area say is most concerning, including the pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church, which is just a few blocks away.
“It gives the neighborhood a bad reputation,” said Rev. Charles Harrison. “It’s really not a reflection of the people who actually live here. It’s people coming in and that’s what’s upsetting people.”
Harrison, who is also the president of the Indy Ten Point Coalition, said it is deeply bothersome that people bring their issues to separate communities. He said it ultimately endangers everyone.
“Well, it’s frustrating because a lot of the violence that we see tends to be from interpersonal conflicts and people have an inability it seems like to address their conflict with each other in non-violent ways,” he said. “I think that’s frustrating.”
IMPD’s detectives do not know if the incident was targeted at this time. Those with information are asked to contact IMPD at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.
Michael Van Schoik contributed to this report.