INDIANAPOLIS – Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) are investigating what led up to a deadly shooting on Indy’s east side.
According to IMPD, officers were called to the 600 block of N. Grant Ave. just before 11 in the morning on a report of a person shot and found a man shot near the backyard of the home.
The victim died on the scene, but police don’t believe the shooting was a random act of violence.
“Preliminary information shows this was a disturbance between two adult males that resulted in one of them being shot and killed,” said IMPD officer Samone Burris.
Minutes later and a few blocks away on Emerson police took one person into custody, but police added there were two incidents being investigated in the neighborhood and it’s not clear if the arrest is connected to the shooting.
Neighbors claim a large group of homeless people had recently begun to live in the garage behind the home where the shooting took place.
“I had warned everyone around here be careful going up and down that alley,” said neighbor Michelle Mangold.
Michelle has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years and insists for several months before the killing there had been drug dealing and arguments outside her neighbors home.
“There have been many incidents over the last couple months, unusually late at night you can hear them hollering and screaming,” said Mangold. “I was just looking for something terrible to happen and that’s sad to say.”
The shooting on Grant marked the 167th homicide of the year. That is just five shy of the total for all of last year.
For their part, police maintain the public plays a critical role in preventing crime.
“If people are feeling unsafe or see anything out of place or see disturbances, we ask them to contact us immediately. Don’t wait until incidents escalate,” said Burris. “We would like to get there before things get to the point of someone’s life being taken.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or go to CrimeTips.org to submit an anonymous web tip.