INDIANAPOLIS — The 4800 block of East Michigan Street is in the midst of a challenging neighborhood for the residents who live there, the police who patrol there and those who answer to a higher calling.
”God’s calling is a very funny but also definite thing so we love being a part of the eastside community over here and we’re very very blessed to be a part of cleaning it up,” said Pastor Cody Clark of Living Faith Irvington Church who moved to the eastside with his family from Tennessee last summer. ”Just getting to be part of the interesting eastside over here with gunfire and robberies and different drug issues and things like that.”
That gunfire, and maybe an attempted robbery, too, shocked the neighbors Sunday afternoon as a man who lived in one of the apartments of a large two-story home was shot to death on the sidewalk next to his red Cadillac. The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 50-year-old William Henry Toodle III.
”IMPD East District officers were dispatched on a report of a person shot,” said IMPD Ptl. Samone Burris. “When officers arrived, they located an adult male outside this location suffering from injuries consistent with a gunshot wound or wounds. IEMS arrived at the scene and did pronounce that victim deceased at the scene.
”Preliminary information leads our investigators to believe that there was some sort of disturbance that occurred before the shooting took place.”
Pastor Clark was preparing his church for Sunday afternoon services when he checked on a couple of parishioners who live in the home at the murder scene.
”They said they had heard him get home and they heard some gunshots and while they were coming out, they saw two guys running off.”
Those suspects ran north down an alley where police were looking for evidence including surveillance cameras.
”From what I understand, he was a pretty quiet guy and goes to and from work and they were pretty upset at that fact,” said Pastor Clark after he talked with church members.
IMPD homicide detectives were talking to neighbors and searching for gunshot audio detection devices near the crime scene.
”IMPD is very busy over here on the eastside,” said Pastor Clark, “and we hear of different instances where they are needed and they respond in a very timely and a great way.”