Burglary call leads to ‘chaotic’ morning, ongoing homicide investigation

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A string of incidents authorities described as “chaotic” shook the southeast side of Indianapolis early Sunday morning and sparked a homicide investigation.

Officers were initially dispatched to the 2300 block of South Hoyt Avenue, near Fountain Square, in reference to a call about a burglary in progress, according to IMPD spokesman Aaron Hamer.

However, authorities found neither the house reportedly being burglarized nor obvious signs of a burglary when they arrived around 4 a.m., he said, and instead found a man shot to death near the driveway of a different house in that block.

“That’s the interesting part about this,” Hamer told 24-Hour News 8. “We didn’t hear anything about shots fired… We’re trying to figure out what happened and if that [burglary] call was really a call to say someone was deceased outside.”

The identity and age of the victim remained unknown Sunday afternoon.

Homicide detectives remained on scene for more than five hours with a mobile crime lab, photographing and collecting potential evidence.

Multiple people were inside the house closest to where the victim was found, Hamer said, and attempted to “scatter” when authorities arrived.

One man was seen running from the house but was apprehended by police for questioning.

“We’re trying to see if anyone here has any connection [to the shooting death of the unidentified man] but it’s very early on in the investigation,” Hamer explained.

Another man ran in the direction of the crime scene around 5 a.m. shouting for help and claiming he had been shot or grazed by a bullet while sitting in a vehicle.

Paramedics arrived to treat his injuries at the scene.

Police said they were unable to confirm any link between the earlier shooting death and the second, non-life threatening shooting.

More than a dozen neighbors gathered on the sidewalk to await developments from detectives as the investigation carried on, including a woman frantically searching for her mother.

“Her house is the one that was burglarized,” she told 24-Hour News 8. “She called me as it was happening and said [whoever broke in] had a gun. I hope my mom is okay.”

Authorities on scene could not confirm details about a possible burglary on South Hoyt Avenue.

Police also declined to comment on the identity or possible involvement of two people taken into custody during the initial hours of the homicide investigation.

No suspect description or information was available Sunday afternoon.

“We’re trying to talk to anybody who may have seen or heard anything,” said Hamer. “We encourage any neighbors who did see or hear anything to definitely call (317) 262-TIPS.”

Anyone with information about the incident can also contact Detective Leonard Nelson at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3298.

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