Victim’s family speaks after deadly Coke Lot shooting

Avory Johnson (Provided Photo/Speedway Police Department)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – Police have arrested a man on a preliminary murder charge after a deadly shooting at the Coke Lot, next to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, early Saturday morning.

Speedway police said Avory Johnson, 19, of Indianapolis, was arrested for murder and sent to the Marion County Adult Processing Center on Saturday.

According to police, Johnson shot Max Levine, 25, of Kokomo, shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.

(Provided Photo/Victoria Levine)
(Provided Photo/Victoria Levine)

Officers were called to Lot 1-C, in the area of W. 30th and Georgetown Road, after people reported shots being fired. Levine was pronounced dead at the scene.

A canine unit was called to the scene to help Speedway police search for a possible weapon.

Police did not release any information about what led to the shooting, but it left some worried at IMS Saturday.

“What’s going on with the cops? They need to be out here around the campgrounds and watching what’s going on with people,” said Bailey Walbridge who attended the Jason Aldean concert Saturday.

“You can only do so much when you’ve got a bunch of idiots,” said Derek Grubbs.

“It’s just kind of ridiculous, because this is supposed to be a fun time and that’s obviously not what happened,” said Caitlyn Smarr.

Shortly after the shooting, police arrested 19-year-old Avory Johnson, and later charged him with Levine’s death. Speedway police say the response was quick, but for Levine’s family, it’s not enough.

“I know I’m going to have to deal with it, because it’s life, right? said Victoria Levine, Max’s sister.

She said the news of her brother’s death doesn’t seem real.

“He was my big brother. I didn’t have a dad growing up, so besides my grandpa he was the only person i had to look up to,” said Victoria.

Max leaves behind a three-year-old daughter and a bright future said Victoria.

“He had a big ole heart. He was very focused and determined,” she said.

And while the Levine’s mourn Max, police at the track continue their work as planned as do many spectators.

“You’re going to have that anywhere, so you can’t really come here in fear of it. It’s not going to keep me from coming, but I feel bad for the family,” said Bre Hensell who attended Saturday’s events at IMS.

Police are urging folks at the track to be aware and drink responsibly. They say if you witness any sort of confrontation, find the closest uniformed officer or dial 9-1-1 immediately. There are several agencies with officers on the gorund both in uniform and plain clothes.

The last shooting incident at the speedway was in 2012. A fan was hospitalized after he was shot in the chest after an altercation near the Speedway. 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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