INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Several of Indianapolis’ recent violent crimes were linked to 16-year-old Simeon Adams.
From a gun store theft to the shooting of Nathan Trapuzzano, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials say he’s no stranger to the system.
24-Hour News 8 has learned Adams also had a run-in with a man on a mission to combat crime in Indianapolis. He’s the prominent leader of the Ten Point Coalition.
24-Hour News 8 learned just hours before police said Adams shot a man on the near north west side, he had a confrontation with Reverend Charles Harrison.
“We can’t give up, we can’t give up,” said Rev. Harrison.
That’s been the message Rev. Harrison has been pushing for years; his way to combat crime on the streets. But, his fight to try and stop it last week brought him face to face with Simeon Adams.
“We recognize the guy. He was a guy that we had an altercation with really March the 30th,” Rev. Harrison said.
That’s the day police said Adams shot a man outside a restaurant on Dr. Martin Luther King Street. Just hours before the shooting, Rev. Harrison said he was trying to stop Adams from causing problems at a nearby gas station.
“When he was asked to move and get off the lot by the security at the Marathon, him and the other youth refused and that’s when I approached the youth and asked them nicely to get off the lot,” he said.
Rev. Harrison said what happened next shocked him.
“At that time two of the volunteers who were with 10 point got behind the young man because they noticed that underneath his sweater he had a gun,” Rev. Harrison said.
24-Hour News 8 went to Adams’ last known address on Wednesday. No one was home, but a neighbor who knew him was. She didn’t want to talk on camera, but said the system failed Adams.
Rev. Harrison said the root of the problem is much more than that. He said too many guns are in the wrong hands.
“We have to address that issue and we’ve got to really deal with the root cause is why is a 16-year-old….why is he a killer,” he said.
The Marion County Prosecutor filed three charges, including attempted murder, against Adams in the March 30 shooting. He’s also facing a murder charge in the death of Nathan Trapuzzano. Adams is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday morning.