Police: Robbery led to deadly shooting in Brownsburg shopping center parking lot


BROWNSBURG, Ind. — A man was shot and killed in the parking lot a Brownsburg shopping center Monday afternoon, according to the Brownsburg Police Department (BPD).

Police say the shooting happened near Northfield and Green Street, the same area as the new Kroger construction site.

The victim — identified as 20-year-old Emanuel Fonville, of Avon — was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Investigators believe Fonville and an unharmed female were robbed by two male suspects who fled the area in a silver, four-door vehicle. The parking lot was reportedly chosen for a meeting location by Fonville for “a transaction.”

At this time, BPD said its investigators are still trying to identify the type of transaction that may have taken place.

“In general, you know, it is always typically safe to do a transaction like that in a public place. However, we do see tragedies like this, somebody is in a public place and they are robbed, injured or killed,” said Cpl. Chris Nelson, public information officer for BPD.

“So with that, we definitely encourage anybody on any type of transaction to visit the Brownsburg Police Department,” continued Nelson. “Our lobby is open 24/7, and everything is video recorded, our parking lots are video recorded, so that’s the safest place a transaction could possibly take place.”

Investigators said Tuesday they are still receiving information, identifying potential witnesses and working to go through the information they are being provided.

“At this time, this is clearly still a very active and fluid investigation. Our investigators worked throughout the night last night, left very late, and were back at it first thing this morning,” said Nelson.

“There’s just consequences or repercussions for this type of behavior, and we’re going to work diligently and around the clock until we get these individuals identified and brought to justice,” he added.

No arrests have been made at this time.

“At the end of the day, a life was lost. Over what is yet to be determined, but no matter what, it wasn’t worth losing a life,” expressed Nelson. “We have a family that is grieving for the loss of their child, and then subsequently once we identify those responsible for this, there’s another family that’s going to be affected.”

Resident Jeffery Blackford said he was a store across the street when the shooting happened. He said he is concerned to hear something like this happening so close to where people patron businesses, and he expressed his condolences for the family of the victim.

“So young and had so much life to live and everything,” said Blackford. “Granted, we’ve been here a long time. We’re always protective of ourselves and stuff, but you never know. It doesn’t discriminate against age, race, gender — it doesn’t matter.”

BPD says the shooting is not believed to be random, and there is no ongoing threat to the community.

“Generally speaking, you know, Brownsburg is a safe community. We are not immune from crime just like anywhere else, however, with these types of incidents, we want the public to feel safe. These are isolated incidents where it brought certain individuals together and something tragic happened,” Nelson explained.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the BPD Investigations Division at 317-852-1109 — ext. 2123.

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