24-Hour News 8’s Tim McNicholas spoke to family and neighbors on Friday about the loss of Andrew Schwier.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating after a 26-year-old man was fatally shot on the city’s far east side.
The victim has been identified as Andrew “Drew” Schwier by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.
A report of a person shot in the 2000 block of Sweet Blossom Lane — that’s near East 21st Street and North German Church Road — came in around 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, and at 9 p.m., the police department provided an update via Twitter that the shooting had been fatal.
IMPD Capt. Harold Turner at the scene said the incident appeared to have started as a robbery but ended as a deadly shooting. Turner said witnesses saw people fleeing and a car leaving the area, but police have not yet provided any suspect description.
Police say Schwier was found in the roadway in front of his home. Capt. Turner responded to questions about the neighborhood where the shooting took place, saying, “You know, we don’t get a lot of runs here. You get the average runs. … It doesn’t matter what type of neighborhood you live in, what your economic status is, what your education level is, no one should have to be shot in front of your home, regardless of the conditions of your neighborhood, the status of your neighborhood. This behavior is unacceptable anywhere.”
If you have any information about this incident, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
The Indy Eleven soccer team remembered Schwier on social media.