IMPD: Innocent bystander shot on near north side

Two people were shot in the 3100 block of North Pennsylvania Street on Monday, August 24, 2015. (WISH Photo/Nick Natario)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man was badly hurt Monday morning after police say he was shot while on his way into work.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to the 3100 block of North Pennsylvania Street around 6:45 a.m. Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

Witnesses told police that two suspects were seen fleeing the area one block south of the original crime scene. They were firing off guns, according to detectives.

While searching for those suspects, police say an officer found a second person shot, and a person of interest, in the alley southwest of the crime scene. The person shot was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in stable condition and the suspect was taken in for questioning. Police believe the two were involved in the shooting. They’ve been preliminarily identified as teens.

Officers are trying to figure out why the shooting took place, and they have determined a motive at this time. They say the victim in critical condition was an innocent bystander — a man who was heading to work when he was shot.

Neighbors say this is uncharacteristic of the neighborhood.

“It is frightening and it’s mostly sad and tragic,” said Raginae Laughlin, the owner of The Power Of Pilates, which is located in the middle of the crime scene.

“That’s just really surprising, and frankly really scary,” said Drew Johnson, who lives nearby.

“For us this is definitely something different than what we live day to day, I would say,” said Chip Heberden, the owner of Netlink, Inc., which is also in the middle of the crime scene.

While their calm may have been disrupted Monday morning, they say they won’t go down without a fight.

“It’s just kind of something that we don’t accept as OK but realize that it goes on and just do our best to keep our eyes out and be safe,” said Dustin Jones, who lives on the same stretch of Pennsylvania Street and whose wife woke him after hearing gunshots.

Monday’s double shooting follows a violent streak in the city since Thursday night. At least five people have died in several reported shootings. Two of the victims were juveniles.

IMPD is working to see if any of the shootings over the past few days are related. They do not believe Monday’s incident is connected to any of the others at this time.

Detectives urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).  Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

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