INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man was shot and killed on the east side of Indianapolis early Thursday morning, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said.
It happened on East 9th Street near North Tuxedo Street around 4:20 a.m.
According to police, the male victim was found dead in the doorway of a home on East 9th Street. Police said two people found the victim.
Family members at the scene identified the victim as 23-year-old Jordan White. Family members added White was in town visiting his cousin’s home when the shooting happened.
“He was a happy young man. Funny, always joking, laughing,” described his step father Anthoney Hampton. “He left, this city, because of the same violence, the same stuff. He moved away, and he came back to visit family. was probably here a week, and now he’s gone. The same senseless violence.”
“He moved to Georgia, to be better. He didn’t want to be there like that,” added Hampton.
Hampton said he’d just lost his brother to gun violence this summer. Hampton said he’d been a part of the group WADE, or Walking Against Devils Everyday. It’s a group that was formed in the neighborhood near 40th and Boulevard to help combat the violence.
“It’s plagued our community. We gotta be truthful with this stuff now. Enough is enough,” said Hampton.
The 23-year-old was recently released from jail and looking forward to a new chapter, according to his family.
The victim’s aunt, Desiree King, said Jordan will never get the chance to turn his life around.
“All this gun violence that is going on doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand why people are so quick to grab a gun thinking that will solve a problem. We are killing each other for no reason at all,” said King.
This isn’t the first tragedy the White and Hampton family is left devastated over.
In August, Anthony Hampton’s 32-year-old brother Clarence “Wade” Havvard ,Jr. was murdered in the Butler-Tarkington area. His murder has not yet been solved.
“I am so sick of this. They don’t care about anyone. Whoever did this is so tough, acting like a wild dog,” said Anthony King.
Police said the shooting didn’t appear to be random. The front door was shattered from a bullet.
A suspect description wasn’t immediately available.
If you have any information about the shooting you’re urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.