INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man who police say was in possession of illegal drugs and fired a gun Thursday morning in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis faces federal charges.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced in a media release Friday afternoon that Marcus Fennell, 23, of Indianapolis, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a weapon in the the commission of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Police say Fennell fired shots near the federal courthouse Thursday around 8:20 a.m. He then fled and was found near Indiana War Memorial Park.
“Violent crime typically starts with someone who is illegally in possession of a firearm,” Minkler stated in the media release. “If you choose to use a weapon to commit crime in Indianapolis, be prepared to face the full weight of federal prosecution.”
Officers found a loaded 9mm handgun in the pocket of his pants. He also reportedly had 110 pre-packaged bags of marijuana.
Since Fennell had a 2012 felony conviction for robbery in Marion County, it was illegal for him to have a firearm.
Fennell could face up to life in prison if convicted of all counts.