Violent Memorial Day carries into Tuesday; 9 shot in 2 days

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 26, 2015) – A violent Monday night in Indy continued into early Tuesday morning as IMPD responded to eight people shot since 5 p.m. Monday.

The latest shooting happened in the 1400 block of Lawton Ave. just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on the city’s near southeast side.

A man knocked on the door of a house with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Police aren’t sure exactly where the shooting took place, but they did respond to a call about shots being fired in the 1300 block of Laurel St. just two blocks away. The victim was taken to Eskenazi with non life-threatening injuries.

Officers also responded to a shooting around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Linwood Ave. on Indy’s east side near the intersection of E Washington St. and S Emerson Ave.

Police said a group was having a party when a man was shot in the buttocks. Officer said this was a possible drive-by shooting, but do not have a description of the vehicle. The victim was taken to Eskenazi and his injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

Late-night shootings believed to be related

Just hours before this, two people were shot on the city’s far west side near Girls School Rd and West 10th St. Police responded to a call for shots fired in the 800 block of Chaplewood Boulevard around 10:45 p.m. Monday. When they arrived at the scene, police found a man shot in the head and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Moments later, police said they were dispatched to another scene about two miles away in the 500 block of Venus Dr. where they found another man who had been shot in the stomach. This victim was transported to Eskenazi and is expected to recover.

Investigators preliminarily believe these two shooting incidents are related and likely the result of an ongoing disturbance.

Forest Manor Avenue shooting

IMPD officers searched for suspects Monday evening after two people were shot on Indy’s east side.

Police said they received multiple calls about shots fired in the 3500 block of Forest Manor Avenue just before 5 p.m. When they arrived to the scene, they located a white SUV that had crashed into the steps of a house. Inside the vehicle, police found two people suffering from gunshot wounds.

The male driver suffered wounds to the neck and a possible graze wound to the head. He was transported to Eskenazi Health in serious condition. The female passenger was transported to Methodist Hospital in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to her side.

Tuesday morning violence

Tuesday morning just before 10 a.m., a homeowner shot an intruder on the city’s northwest side, and an attempted robbery left one man shot on west 65th street.

“We had a tough weekend, not only for police, butt fire and ems, it was a very active weekend, hopefully, it’ll slow back down as it was earlier in the month,” said Troy Riggs, Marion County Director of Public Safety.

Overall, 2015 has been a much quieter and less violent year, than 2014. Homicides are already down by 30%, say police. Community leaders like Indy Ten Point Coalition Founder, Reverend Charles Harrison are refusing to get discouraged.

“We cannot give up. We cannot let a day like yesterday stop us from all the good work that we are doing to try to reduce this kind of violence that we’ve seen yesterday,” said Harrison.

Indy Ten Point Coalition volunteers will be out patrolling streets Tuesday night, trying to make sure the violence of the last 24 hours does not continue.

IMPD officials say officers will continue neighborhood patrols as normal.

Tuesday evening shooting

Police responded to a shooting on the near west side Tuesday evening. Police responded to West 16th Street and West Keesler Boulevard North Drive around 7 p.m. A woman was shot and transported to Eskenazi Health. A suspect was detained shortly afterward.

Police said there may have been a disturbance prior to this shooting, but did release any other information.

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