UPDATE: Police have made an arrest. IMPD announced an unnamed male was arrested for murder.
INDIANAPOLIS — A disturbance in a motel room led to a shooting that claimed one man’s life on Indy’s east side.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting occurred around 2:20 p.m. in the 3700 block of N. Shadeland Avenue inside a motel room at the Motor 8 Inn located near the intersection of 38th and Shadeland.
Police confirmed an adult male was found by officers with injuries consistent of a gunshot wound. The victim was originally listed as being in critical condition and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased by medical staff shortly after arriving.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified him as 31-year-old Troy David Elleman.
A preliminary investigation into the shooting revealed a brief disturbance in the motel room prior to the shots being fired. Detectives quickly took to the streets and patrolled the nearby area where a male suspect matching a known description was spotted in the area of 38th Street and N. Elizabeth Street. Police detained the man and took him in for questioning.
”We do believe that they both knew each other,” said IMPD spokesperson Genae Cook.
This is the second shooting at a motel on Indy’s East side so far this year.
A man was critically injured January 15 at the Budget 8 Inn., it is just two miles away from the shooting at the Motor 8 Inn. An IMPD spokesperson said the man shot at the Budget 8 Inn is still alive.
Reverend James Jackson at nearby Fervent Prayer Church said he and others have been working with the owners of these motels to help make them safer.
”Cameras have been installed; police sometimes come by to do patrols there,” Jackson said.
We reached out to the owner of the Motor 8 Inn, Pikul Patel. In a phone conversation, Patel said Motor 8 Inn has security cameras and security at night. He said he’s working to make the motel as safe as he can.
Jackson said it’s a tough job cracking down on crime at these places but they do serve an important purpose of helping people who aren’t able to get a house or apartment avoid homelessness.
“If not for these hotels it would contribute to a bigger problem that we already have with regard to homelessness,” he said.
As for the shooting at the Motor 8 Inn, Jackson is once again asking people to stop solving their “disturbances” with gun violence.
“There are other ways to do it rather than to take people’s lives,” Jackson said.
Cook said the area around the Motor 8 Inn is well-traveled, they’re looking for others who might have seen what happened.
”If you saw something, heard something, please reach out to one of the detectives,” Cook said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-8477 or (TIPS) to remain anonymous.
This is the 14th homicide of the year in Indianapolis. Comparatively, Cook said this time last year the city was at 21 homicides.