Person shot at motel, vehicle stolen

Regal 8 shooting (WISH Photo/ Jeff Wagner)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tenants at a west side motel can’t believe a man was shot in the head just a few doors down.

And now the victim is fighting to stay alive.

The motel shooting happened at the Regal 8 Inn on West Washington Street around 3 p.m. Saturday.  Police say the victim is a man in his 20s. They weren’t sure if he lived at the motel.

He was being treated at Eskenazi Hospital. His condition is critical and that’s made it tough for police to get any information from him about the crime.

Seeing a handful of squad cars at the Regal 8 Inn isn’t anything new for tenant Anthony Brehm.

“There always over there at Steak n’ Shake hanging out, it’s where they get their food so it kind of seems safe you know what I mean, knowing that police are always around,” he said.

But the reason they packed the parking lot today had nothing to do with simply having a presence.

Officers, detectives, and crime scene investigators were trying to piece together why a man was shot in the head outside one of these rooms.

“Obviously if anyone is shot in the head in this environment, it raises the bar. We’re just trying to understand exactly what led up to it. It could have been an altercation could have been narcotics, we don’t know,” said officer Christopher Wilburn, IMPD.

What they do know is the victim’s car was stolen and ditched along a road right by the motel.

“We have an officer or two standing by there to secure any evidence that may have been left behind,” he said.

That could include pile of items in the snow that police believe the suspects ditched during their escape.

Police also used a dog to follow tracks left in the snow.

Brehm is hoping the suspect are caught sooner rather than later.

“I got a one year old in the house man, a two year old, you know what I’m saying. I can’t have that. That bullet could have went through the wall and not only hit my kid but could have hit somebody else,” said Brehm.

A witness told police that a black Chevy Impala followed the victim’s stolen car out of the lot.

The witness also gave a police a description of the suspects. One in particular was described as a white or Hispanic man with a tattoo of a rosary on his neck. The other suspect was a black man. Both looked to in their late 20’s or early 30s.

Late Saturday night, officials were serving a search warrant in connection to the homicide at a home near Brookside and Rural.

Anyone with information about this incident to contact homicide detectives by calling 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477). provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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