INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police are searching for the suspect who they say shot a man, leaving him to die in the street.
The shooting happened shortly after 1:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Congress Avenue. The Marion County Coroners office identified the victim as 39-year old Damon Young.
Neighbors say Young was visiting his mom. Right outside of her home is where police say somebody shot and killed Young. Friends say Young would go over there to help with yard and house work. He’d visit often. Seeing him around is what they say they’ll miss the most.
On Congress Avenue it’s evident, Young was dear to the neighborhood. In just hours, news of his death spread. Loved ones stopped by to start a makeshift memorial. Juan Ackles didn’t have to travel far, he lives right next door.
“Last night I heard gun shots. But I never imagined it would’ve been him,” said Ackles.
He’s referring to his long time friend; Young. After hearing the gun shots, Ackles went outside where red and blue lights lit up the block. Officers marked several spots for evidence and blood stained clothes remained in the road, where Young was attacked.
“That was devastating news for me. We was just together Friday, just hanging out, shooting the breeze, just chilling like two friends would do,” said Ackers.
According to police it all went down in the streets. The suspect fired multiple shots; at least one hit Young.
“We don’t know exactly what lead to the argument that resulted in him being shot,” said IMPD Captain Harold Turner.
It’s a question that neighbors say can’t be answered logically.
“He walked up and down the block. He’d speak to everybody. Everybody know him. So, that’s what I’m saying. I don’t see why somebody would want to kill him,” said Forrest Coffee who lives a few houses down .
Ackles added, “We couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to do anything like that to him.”
Actions that left a hole in the heart of the neighborhood.
“He was a very good friend and he will be missed very dearly,” said Ackles.
Investigators aren’t sure if the suspect acted alone, or if there were multiple people involved. They also aren’t sure if the suspect drove off in a vehicle or ran off. They’re asking you to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS with any information. You can remain anonymous and there is a $1,000 reward.