INDIANAPOLIS — One man is dead following a shooting near a gas station on Indy’s east side.
At about 9:50 a.m., police were called to Southeastern Ave. and S. Emerson Ave. in response to a report of a person shot.
Witnesses insist the shooting began when one man refused to get out of a white Chevy.
“One dude asked him to get out, and he wouldn’t get out, so as he fled the scene, he shot him in the back. He shot through the door and hit him in the back,” said Patrick Baker.
Baker described how the driver of the car then sped down the street, crashed through a fence and slammed head first into a tree.
“He flew down here through the fence and hit the tree. He was laying here for five, six minutes not breathing,” said Baker.
Beech Grove medics were the first to arrive but were unable to save the man’s life. The man died after being taken to the hospital.
“It’s pretty scary,” said neighbor Joy Newton. “It’s a little too close for comfort here.”
Although neighbors said this all started as a carjacking, police said the exact cause of the violence remains under investigation.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department wouldn’t confirm if the driver who was shot owned the car or not.
“That has not been determined if it was vehicle carjacking, but we’re not ruling that out either,” said IMPD officer Samone Burris.
Just a few hundred yards east of the gas station, police detained one man for questioning.
“An individual was taken into custody, but their role in this investigation is unclear at this time,” said Burris.
Regardless of what caused the shooting, police shared a familiar message with the public.
“Our message from IMPD is the same. Gun violence is not the answer to resolve any type of incident,” said Burris.
Police said officially no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information about this incident should call detective Christopher Craighill at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Christopher.Craighill@indy.gov. The public can also submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
Jesse Wells contributed to this story.