INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police responded to the city’s east side Monday afternoon after a reported shooting.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said officers were dispatched to the 3800 block of N. Post Road on a call of a person shot around 2:35 p.m.
The victim, identified as Donavan Barnett, 18, was found in the front seat of a vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. His car was parked in the parking lot of a gas station, where police believe the shooting took place.
Even during the city’s stay at home order, a large crowd stood along the police tape, watching as detectives marked off shell casings and looked over the evidence.
“We understand that everyone wants to see what’s going on and everyone has an interest, but as much as that interest is, we still have to follow the rules which the mayor has set forth,” said IMPD Public Information Officer Ganae Cook.
This shooting comes on the heels of a violent weekend in Indianapolis, which included 7 shootings.
“We’re already at a record pace level, and if we don’t get ahold of it as it gets warmer, it’s going to be one of the worst years in the history of this city,” said Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition.
Rev. Harrison says volunteers with Ten Point and other community groups haven’t been walking the streets like usual, thanks to COVID 19. He hopes they can be back out before summer.
“If not, this could be a rough rough summer,” Harrison said. “Let me say that again, it’s going to be a rough rough summer for this city if we can’t get a hold of the violence.”
Of the 7 shootings, only one person has been arrested. Police have no suspect description for the shooting at 38th and Post, but being a busy intersection in the middle of the day, they’re hoping someone has information.
“It’s very important that if you saw something, heard something, that you report it,” Cook said. “This is your community, and you need to help out too.”
No suspect information has been released. Police do believe the victim was targeted and there’s no outstanding threat to the public.
Anyone who would like to report information about the shooting can do so anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).