Man on morning run attacked, killed on west side

Nathan Trapuzzano (Provided Photo)
Nathan Trapuzzano (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say the man shot and killed Tuesday morning on the west side of Indianapolis was out for a run when he was attacked.

Police were called to the 3500 block of West 16th Street, which is near Tibbs Avenue, just before 6 a.m. The victim, identified as 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano, was lying in front of a tire store with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Health in critical condition. He died around 7:40 a.m.

Victim: Nathan Trapuzzano (Provided Photo)
Victim: Nathan Trapuzzano (Provided Photo)

A witness said they heard a male screaming, heard a gunshot and then saw someone running away. Detectives believe Trapuzzano was out on his usual morning walk when he was approached by two suspects.

Police say the first suspect forced Trapuzzano between two businesses while the second suspect acted as a lookout. The first suspect and Trapuzzano struggled, and during that struggle Trapuzzano was shot. Police say the second suspect fled northeast across West 16th Street and the first suspect fled west on West 16th Street.

As a result of the crime, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department plans to be more visible in the neighborhood Tuesday night.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help with information about this incident. Anyone in the immediate area between the hours of 5:44 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. are urged to call detectives at 327-3475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).  Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

Tuesday afternoon, police released surveillance video from the shooting scene. That video is below:

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