INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 5, 2015) – Police have made an arrest in connection with a Sunday night homicide that started as a road rage confrontation on the east side of Indianapolis.
The investigation led detectives to the Motor 8 hotel, in the 3600 block of Shadeland Avenue late Tuesday afternoon. A person wanted in the shooting was located at the hotel.
Police arrested Ron Stewart, 24. Stewart has been preliminarily charged with murder.
Word of the arrest came as welcome news to friends and family of 41-year old Nicholas Norris, who was killed in the Sunday evening shooting.
“Great guy, family guy,” said longtime friend Cameron Church. “Loved his daughter, all his family, his son. I’d go as far as to call him brother more than a friend.”
Norris leaves behind a teenage daughter and son.
“I think of my sons, and what it would do to impact my sons,” said Michelle Potter, who has known Norris since they both attended Ben Davis High School. “So I can only imagine what it’s done to his son and his daughter.”
Police believe Norris was shot by Stewart, who had cut Norris off in traffic Sunday evening. Norris had his girlfriend riding with him on his motorcycle. There were also a man and woman on a second motorcycle riding with Norris at the time. Police say Norris aggressively followed Stewart until the group pulled into the parking lot of the First Cash Pawn shop near E. Michigan Street and Rural. Witnesses reported seeing both men continue to cut each other off and perform other illegal traffic maneuvers.
When the group pulled into the pawn shop parking lot, Stewart allegedly produced a gun. Shots were fired and the vehicle took off. Norris was shot multiple times and at least once in the head.
Church says multiple sources have told him the vehicle was a Maroon, older modle Dodge Durango with front end damage. He was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed his friend.
“He could walk into a room and everybody in the room could be strangers and he would know everybody within five minutes of being in there,” Church said.
Family and friends are now planning to gather for a vigil Friday evening at 8:30pm. It will take place at the parking lot of the First Cash Pawn shop where the shooting took place. The group is planning to have a police presence at the vigil and will include an open discussion about violent crime in Indianapolis.
Funeral services for Nick Norris are still being planned. The church hopes to organize a memorial motorcycle ride in connection with those services.