Police name victims of deadly northeast side shooting

WISH Photo/Nina Criscuolo

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police have released the names of the victims of a deadly shooting on the northeast side of Indianapolis Monday night. 

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. officers were called to the 3000 block of Winthrop Avenue on the report of a person lying in the alley east of Winthrop who was possibly shot.

When police arrived they found two men who had been shot. Officers say 42-year-old William Watson was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say 41-year-old Robert Johnson Jr. was conscious and taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Detectives preliminarily believe that both men were possibly involved in an illegal gambling game just before the shooting.

According to IMPD, the department received one call every three to four months dealing with gambling complaints. 24-Hour News 8, returned back to the neighborhood where the murder happened.

Neighbors describe the home as housing not only gambling, but drugs. One woman showcased a bullet that recently pierced the window in front of her home. She adds that recently, criminal activity has been a major area of concern for her and her neighbors. Neighbors refused to be quoted about the investigation, which came as no surprise to IMPD.

“They are scared they don’t want to get involved and be the next victim,” said Lt. Richard Kivett.

During a brief interview Kivett, added it’s rare that violence breaks out during a dice game. In this latest case he believes someone lost money and got upset.

“Someone is winning and someone is losing and someone is going to get upset, and that’s what happened in this case,” said Kivett.

Police have not identified any suspects or witnesses and urge anyone with information to call 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

WISH Photo/ A bullet that was found in a home on 3000 block of Winthrop in a previous shooting.
WISH Photo/ A bullet that was found in a home on 3000 block of Winthrop in a previous shooting.

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