INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2015) — New details were released in the deadly weekend shooting of an Indianapolis man that, police say, resulted from road rage. The suspect was originally charged with murder but is now facing a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. His accounts of what led up to the shooting are also coming to light.
According to court documents, Ron Stewart said he was firing shots in the direction of Nicholas Norris because he felt his life was in danger.
Norris, a girlfriend and two other friends were on their motorcycles Saturday afternoon in the area of East 16th Street and North Rural Street. The two motorcycles and Stewart’s SUV were at a traffic light. The bikers say he cut them off, but Stewart claimed he got in front of them when they didn’t move right away.
Arguing began and moved in to a parking lot where Stewart claims the bikers blocked him in, and Norris started striking his SUV with a chrome ball attached to a leather strap. That’s when Stewart fired at least five shots, killing Norris.
Stewart said he grew up in the area where this all happened knows that the biker group, the Outlaws, are dangerous. He was just trying to scare them so they would stop chasing him.
Norris’ son, Gage Norris, opened up about his father, who he says was loving and caring.
“He didn’t just raise me and my sister and my half brother, he took in many others and he was a big brother to many people growing up even if they weren’t his family,” Norris said.
Family and friends are planning a vigil Friday at 8 p.m. It will take place at the parking lot of the First Cash Pawn shop near East Michigan Street and North Rural Street.