Man dies after being shot at unknown location and dropped off at Eskenazi Hospital

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man is dead after showing up at Eskenazi hospital early Thursday morning.

Just before 2 o’clock in the morning, a man was dropped off at the hospital with a gunshot wound.

The victim’s family say he was driven the hospital by a friend and died a short time later.

For their part, police are still trying to figure out exactly where the shooting took place.

Police say the shooting occurred at an unknown location and not having a specific scene has made the case a challenge to investigate.

“Yeah we don’t know a lot about this one at this point,” said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley.

Police believe the shooting may have occurred near Broad Ripple because an hour earlier they were dispatched to a hookah business on Guilford.

“It’s believed, but we’re not certain, that it may be connected to a fight that occurred at Lava Lounge in Broad Ripple,” said Foley.

Police say the shooting didn’t happen at the Lava Lounge either.

The victim was identified by family as Laron Eskew.

His family didn’t want to talk about the murder on camera, but say they don’t know what may have motivated the killing.

Family approved photo of Laron Eskew

The killing continues what has been a deadly start to the new year.

The death marks the 5th homicide in Indianapolis over the first six days this year. 

Police hope that violent trend doesn’t continue into the rest of the year.

“This week hasn’t been great.  At the same time, we don’t know what next week holds.  We hope the community will continue to step up when they can,” said Foley. “These come and go and we’re hoping people step up and be responsible.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Christopher Winter at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail him at

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