BROWNSBURG, Ind. – A man was shot and killed Thursday night over a “transaction of sorts gone wrong,” police say.

Brownsburg Police were called to the 3400 block of Hornaday Road just after 11 p.m. on the report of a person shot. When officers arrived, they located a male with an apparent gunshot wound(s). He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The sound of gunfire startled neighbors near Cardinal Park.

“I heard three blasts,” said neighbor Victoria Freije. “I thought they were fireworks, but it’s the middle of December, so why would it be fireworks?”

The 12-year-old Freije was up reading and later realized what she heard were gunshots. 

“We can tell you it’s an active investigation,” Brownsburg police captain Jennifer Barrett said. “We do know it was a transaction of sorts that went wrong.”

Police say at least one suspect stole the victim’s car and sped away. After the shooting, one neighbor said the victim’s girlfriend ran barefoot across a field and asked for help calling 911.

That neighbor said the victim’s girlfriend told her the pair used social media to set up a drug deal. Police confirm preliminarily the case does appear to involve narcotics.

Because the shooting took place just south of two elementary schools, extra security could be seen Friday.

The school district told parents, “While we don’t believe there is any danger to our school community, out of an abundance of caution, additional police officers from our neighboring police departments will be on campus throughout the school day.”

“It definitely rattles my older neighbors,” neighbor Brandi Freije said. “They’ve already called and been concerned about the issues, but overall it’s a calm and easy community.”

In fact, the last murder in Brownsburg took place in May 2021, following a drug deal in the parking lot of a Kroger.

While it’s been 19 months since the last homicide, some believe the violence illustrates that choices have consequences.

“I think they were kind of crazy.  If they were up in the middle of the night doing something stupid, it was on them,” said Victoria.

As of Friday afternoon, police are still searching for the stolen car.  It’s a 2008 Honda Civic.  The four-door sedan is dark blue with Indiana license plate AEU479

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Hendricks County Communications Center at 317-852-1100 or call 911.