Indianapolis McDonald’s shooting near 38th and Keystone started as employee dispute, IMPD says

Crime in Indianapolis
Indianapolis McDonalds shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS — Police believe a dispute between McDonald’s employees led to a shooting on Indy’s near northeast side.

The shooting left one woman in critical condition.

Police were sent to the 2400 block of E 38th just before 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. That’s the McDonald’s at the intersection of E. 38th and Keystone.

“We believe that both individuals involved in the shooting were employees of the business,” said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley.

Police claim after shooting her coworker, the female employee who pulled the trigger fled the restaurant, before officers quickly tracked her down at another location.

“The person who detectives believe is responsible for the shooting was taken into custody and is being detained at this time,” said Foley.

Police later announced the employee — identified as 20-year-old Nylaja Veal in court documents — was charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious injury.

Police are still looking into what motivated the shooting.

In addition to surveillance cameras, police say they were assisted in solving the case by customers and coworkers.

“There are numerous witnesses who stuck around and are cooperating with the investigation,” said Foley.

Police often preach “See something, Say something” and Lt. Foley believes that message has worked.

He credits the public for increasingly speaking up about violence they’ve witnessed.

“In our homicides and critical incidents we’ve had witnesses stick around or called our detectives and say, ‘Here’s the information you’re looking for,’ and that’s been critical in being able to identify the people responsible for violent crime and making those apprehensions,” said Foley.

Police reports show over the last two years IMPD has responded to the same McDonald’s for various fights, carjackings and at least twice for shots fired. Prior to Wednesday’s shooting, however, there had not been a documented report of anyone being critically wounded or killed at the business in recent years.

Anyone with information on this case, or any other violent crime across Indianapolis is always encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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