INDIANAPOLIS — An 18-year-old is in jail accused of murder and robbery following a deadly shooting at an apartment complex on the near north side of Indianapolis.
Just after noon on Wednesday, July 12, gunshots rang out at the Brownstone Apartments along N. Meridian Street and left 19-year-old Elijah Martin dead.
One witness said he saw the victim crawl out of an apartment door and say he had been shot inside. That witness, IMPD said, then flagged down an officer in the area.
Nearly 2 weeks later, police arrested 18-year-old Jeremiah Shanks for that murder.
“The courts are not working with us to keep the most violent people in our city off the streets,” said Rev. Charles Harrison. “That’s the problem.”
In fact, court records show Shanks took a plea deal last October and was placed on GPS monitoring and home detention following an armed carjacking when he was 16 years old.
A violation notice alleges Shanks removed his GPS device in June and was not being monitored leading up to the killing.
The suspect did have an active warrant for his arrest on the day of the homicide.
“This is why we have 200 plus homicides a year in Indianapolis, it’s a failure of the judicial system in the city,” said Harrison. “The courts and judges have to do better and partner with law enforcement and community groups to keep the peace.”
The Brownstone Apartments complex sits in Indy’s Crown Hill neighborhood, which is part of the patrol area of Rev. Harrison’s Ten Point Coalition.
In addition to the suspect’s criminal past, Harrison said drug trafficking and violence have become a problem at the apartments.
“This is now the hottest spot in the neighborhood,” he said. “[It’s] where we’re seeing violence and it’s been frustrating for the neighborhood.”
After being arrested, IMPD said Shanks denied taking part in the murder. However, investigators claim he was caught on surveillance cameras at the complex.
Before he died, police also claim the 19-year-old Martin said he had been shot by his sister‘s ex-boyfriend after meeting up to trade firearms and cash.
Shanks is being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final charging decisions in the case.