INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Diamond Slaughter laid across her couch as family members tried to nurse her injures. A gunman shot the 19-year-old in the leg during a deadly robbery on Sunday at the Body Gear in the 2800 block of East 38th Street.
“It happened so fast,” said Slaughter.
Police say that gunman shot and killed Ho Lee, 36, during the robbery. Investigators later arrested Deaundre Graves, 18, and a 17-year-old for the shootings. The two have been preliminarily charged with murder and robbery.
Slaughter told 24- Hour News 8 she and her family were in the process of trying to check out at the store when the robbery happened. During the robbery, Slaughter witnessed one of the suspects pull out a gun when confronted by Lee for shoplifting. Right after that, a struggle for the gun followed resulting in a bullet striking Slaughter’s leg.
Moments later the gunman shot Lee in the face, according to police and witness statements.
“I felt like when he saw the gun he should have let it go, and let the clothes go,” said Slaughter.
According to police, Lee died from his injuries at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Health.
Residents who live near Body Gear made a small memorial outside the store.
Kerry Johnson received his first job from the owners at Body Gear. He says the family-owned business helped him get off the streets. That’s why the 24-year-old was saddened when he learned one of the workers had been shot and killed.
“I dropped like it was one of my brothers or family members,” said Johnson.
Police are waiting until all witness interviews are over before releasing mugshots of Deaundre Graves, 18, and the 17-year-old.