Police: Teens may have used app to lure man for robbery before fatal shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police believe the man who shot and killed a 15-year-old Franklin Central High School student Sunday morning had been lured to the house as a setup for a robbery.

Officers were called to the shooting in the 7500 block of Gordon Way around 7:30 a.m Sunday.  When they arrived, they found 15-year-old Roshun Johnson unresponsive. He was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition, where he died from his injuries.

Detectives investigating the circumstances of the shooting believe Johnson and a 14-year old male used a social media “Meet Me” app to make the man think he was coming to the house to meet a young female. The shooting happened in the garage when police say Johnson pointed a gun at the man and began to search him. Police say the man pulled his own gun and shot Johnson. The man ran away from the house and called police to turn himself in, according to IMPD.

Police interviewed the 21-year-old man and later released him. Police say it appears the man was acting in self defense when he shot Johnson.

IMPD officials say detectives suspect Johnson and the 14-year-old lured the man to the house with the intention of robbing him.

Johnson was student and freshman football player at Franklin Central High School. The school released a statement following Johnson’s death:

“Our entire teaching staff met before school started this morning to inform everyone and to share a moment of silence. We have our counselors going to each of Rashun’s classes to meet with students and help them through the grieving process.  We have counselors from not only Franklin Central but also from the other Franklin Township schools available for any student, teacher or staff member who is struggling.  We will continue to have counseling service available for as long as needed.”

Neighbors say it is not uncommon to hear fighting and even gun shots coming from the home. A nearby neighbor shared cellphone video with us that she says she took on Friday. The video shows a group of teens in the backyard shooting guns. Police were called, like they have been before.

The owner of the home, where the deadly shooting happened, did not want to comment. Neighbors say more supervision is needed before another teen is killed.

“If there were that many kids there around the ages of 15 and 16, where were their parents at 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning,” said a neighbor.

Police say it’s possible the 14-year-old male could face charges related to his alleged involvement in luring the man to the house for robbery. But, they say it’s also possible no criminal charges will be filed in the case.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317)262-TIPS(8477).

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