INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police rushed to the Cash America Pawn on the 2400 block of East 38th Street shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday for reports of an attempted robbery and person shot.
Once inside, police found the suspected robber dead on the scene. According to police, the suspect walked in the store with a hood over his head and pulled out a gun. Moments later, a customer pulled out a gun and shot and killed the suspect.
Police later identified the suspect as 25-year-old Tyerre Allen of Indianapolis. He was also identified by IMPD detectives as a suspect in other robberies in the Indianapolis area.
Early reports indicated the business owner was the one who shot Allen, but police later clarified it was a customer.
911 callers told dispatchers that someone was attempting to rob the store. Another caller said he saw a male customer inside the store engage the suspect to detour them.
Police believe three to four workers were inside the store, and about four to five customers were inside as well when the shooting happened.
After processing the scene police took witnesses downtown for questioning, including the shooter.
“We don’t know what happened with 100 percent certainty,” said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.
A resident walking near the crime scene expressed hurt after he learned about the deadly shooting.
“People are on edge they try to get money the best way they know how,” said resident Joe Fulton.
During in the impromptu interview, Fulton expressed that robbing others is not the answer. He believes more jobs will keep businesses safer.
Police say Allen was recently released from the Indiana Department of Correction for a robbery that happened years ago.
Officers say the shooter has been very cooperative with police. That person’s name has not yet been released.
Detectives were reviewing surveillance video Tuesday evening to see if anyone else was involved. Police ask anyone with information to contact IMPD Homicide and Robbery at 317-327-3475.