Four Killed, At Least One Wounded in Series of Overnight Indianapolis (IN) Shootings

Four killed, one wounded in a series of overnight shootings over a two-hour span.

Lawrence Andrea

The Indianapolis Star

(MCT)

Four people were killed and at least one person was wounded in a series of overnight shootings over a two-hour span Tuesday night into early Wednesday, according to Indianapolis police.

The first shooting occurred at a northeast-side motel at 10:25 p.m. Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the motel in the 2800 block of North Shadeland Avenue on reports that a person had been shot. Arriving officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

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One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police shortly after 11 p.m. said the man had died.

As officers walked the scene Tuesday night, they learned a person with gunshot wounds had walked into Community East Hospital — about 3 miles from the motel. Officials said preliminary information “leads investigators to believe both incidents are related” but noted the role of the person at Community East in the shooting was “unclear” as of early Wednesday.

Just 30 minutes later, police found a man shot to death near the intersection of East 13th and North Denny streets — an area just east of North Sherman Drive.

Police have not released any information in that shooting, but a police report notes a black Kia hatchback was towed from the scene.

Then, at midnight, officers patrolling the area around the 9300 block of East Troy Avenue on the southeast side of the city found a car that had apparently driven off the road, according to officials.

A woman was found shot to death inside the car. Homicide detectives responded to the crime scene, and the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency arrived to collect potential forensic evidence.

Police have not released additional information about the shootings, including whether suspects have been taken into custody. Authorities also did not indicate the shootings were connected.

The deadly night comes as Indianapolis experiences another spike in homicides. There have been about 206 homicides so far this year — up from 178 the same time last year, according to an IndyStar analysis of homicide data.

Police ask anyone with information about the overnight shootings to call the IMPD homicide office at 317-327-3475. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).

Contact Lawrence Andrea at 317-775-4313 or landrea@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @lawrencegandrea.

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