INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man is dead after being shot on the front porch of a family member’s home on Indy’s east side.

The shooting was reported around 6:45 a.m. in the 500 block of S. Emerson Avenue.

Family members claim the victim and the shooter are related.

Police believe a man began loudly knocking on the door when someone inside the home opened fire.

“The person who is the victim here was known to the people who lived inside the residence, so we’re trying to determine exactly what happened and what led up to this,” said IMPD officer Genae Cook.

The victim, who was shot in the doorway, died after being rushed to the hospital.

Police claim at least two people were inside the home at the time.

Right now, it’s not clear whether any words or threats were exchanged leading to the gunfire.

“We do know that the person came to the residence and was knocking on the door. What happened in between there is still under investigation,” said Cook.

“Standing there and knocking is not enough to indicate you’re going to intrude or break into a home. You’ve got to make a move to try and get in,” said attorney Jack Crawford.

Crawford isn’t connected to the case, but as a lawyer he’s familiar with Indiana’s Castle Doctrine. That law allows people to use deadly force to protect themselves from a home intruder, but shooting someone for simply knocking on the door is not justified under the law.

“The Castle Doctrine would only protect the homeowner if there was an effort to intrude or enter the home,” said Crawford. “The question is whether a reasonable person would see this as a risk to his safety.”

Crawford claims even if there wasn’t an intent to kill, a reckless homicide charge could still be filed.

For their part, police interviewed the shooter and other family members, but so far no arrests have been made.

“They are currently cooperating with detectives. A gun that was used was also recovered here at the scene,” said Cook.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Dan Smith at the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or e-mail him at