ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Zionsville police are calling the murder of an 82-year-old man, random. Police say they’re receiving tips, however, none have led them to the suspect. It’s a concern for police, and perhaps an even bigger concern for the community.
Brown’s Antiques is the type of store where regulars come to do business and just to chat. Store owner David Brown boasts it’s the oldest store in Zionsville. His parents started it 70 years ago.
“We carry a lot of great vintage merchandise and antiques,” he said.
It’s a quiet, seemingly safe place tucked away in an English garden setting. But, that sense of security was rocked after not even a mile away, a suspect shot 82-year old John Clements multiple times, right outside his home.
Clements was transported to the hospital and died.
“We’re just now crossing the 24-hour threshold since this horrible tragedy. As you can imagine, everything is very much in its infancy stage in regards to the case itself,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.
Martin says there were no signs of a robbery and the motive is unclear. That’s why they’re asking for people to come forward with any information.
“Even just calling in a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot that maybe is just sitting there a little too long, or maybe just rubbed somebody the wrong way. There’s nothing wrong with going with your gut feeling. Call us. We have units on the road 24/7. We’ll come out,” Martin said.
As police work to find who is responsible, back at Brown’s, David is working to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
“You have to always know that bad things can happen at anytime. But, you really can’t let it affect your day to day life,” said Brown.
Neighbors told police they saw a newer, white Chevy Impala leaving the scene. Police are asking that you contact them either by stopping by the department located at 1075 Parkway Drive in Zionsville or by calling (317) 873-5967.