Suspect ID’d in fatal shooting of man inside Kroger grocery

Jason Cooper, arrested for homicide inside a southside Kroger. (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police have identified the suspect in a shooting inside a grocery store on the south side Friday night that left a man dead.

37-year-old Jason Cooper was taken into custody and faces a preliminary charge of murder.

Jason Cooper, arrested for homicide inside a southside Kroger. (Provided Photo/IMPD)

Police were dispatched to the Kroger store shortly after 8:30 p.m. at 4202 S. East St. It’s in Southern Plaza, a shopping area.

Genae Cook, a spokeswoman for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said medics were unable to revive the man who was shot.

The victim was later identified as 43-year-old Carlos Castro.

Cook said two men in the store had an altercation. One man shot the other and then ran from the business and carjacked a customer’s vehicle. Police chased the carjacked vehicle, eventually stopping it at Stop 11 Road and U.S. 31, where the suspect left the vehicle. He was caught after a short foot chase.

Cook said it is early in the investigation and authorities did not know what caused the altercation or the number of shots fired. Cook also could not confirm reports that a knife may have also been involved in the altercation.

A Kroger grocery bagger, 16-year-old Craig Edwards Jr., told WISH-TV said he heard “bang, bang, bang” and that the shooting occurred in the frozen food section of the store.

“A lot of people were running,” Edwards said. “A lot of people were dropping their groceries. It was very frantic. When I heard the shots, I just ran.”

The store is undergoing construction work, and a construction worker reported hearing four shots inside the store and later four more shots when he was outside the store.

People who were in the store said that some type of dispute in the frozen foods section precipitated the incident, but Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has not yet confirmed any information.

Kroger spokesperson Eric Halvorson provided the following statement late Friday night:

This is a tragic situation. Fortunately no one else was hurt. For now we will strive to comfort shaken associates and do whatever we can to help police with the investigation.”