INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police are looking for whoever pulled the trigger in the latest deadly shooting in Indianapolis.
The shooting happened in broad daylight, near 20th and Lesley, on the city’s east side, around 4:25 p.m. Police arrived and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initial reports by police were that the victim was killed in a drive-by shooting. Police later said that was not the case.
Detectives say this wasn’t a random attack. They say it stemmed from a disturbance earlier in the day, and they believe the victim was targeted outside his home.
They say the suspect tried to get away in a car, but crashed it and ran from the scene.
Detectives have identified a person of interest, but aren’t releasing identifying information at this time. They believe the suspect and victim were acquaintances.
“He don’t deserve this,” said Keyla Wiley, who says she is the victim’s niece.
She says he’s a 49-year-old father and grandfather: that laughing uncle everybody loves.
“To be laying out there… we want these people found. We want to get to the bottom of this,” said Wiley. “He was just like the laugh of the family; kept everybody going.”
Neighbors told 24-Hour News 8, they’re scared of the violence in their own neighborhood.
“It’s scary for us to go to sleep. I got grand kids,” said Adrian Young.
“It’s somebody’s friend, somebody’s relative. They shot them in his own yard,” said another neighbor.
Family of the victim gathered at the scene: a loss producing all the emotions it brings with it.
“You all out here killing for petty stuff man. You all need to quit this mess man,” said one family member.
“It just needs to stop, stop the violence,” said Wiley. “It’s just.. for what?”
Police say they haven’t made any arrests yet but again, do have a person of interest.
Police say they’re working on solutions to the violence, but they need you to let them know where problems may arise.
Detectives encourage anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 317|262.TIPS (8477). Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627(CRIMES).