INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Three days into the year, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating its first homicide.
Police got the call of a “person down” right after 9 a.m. Tuesday, but what they discovered was a man shot.
Authorities found 27-year old Rodriquez Anderson on the 3600 block of Schofield Avenue, near 38th Street and Keystone Avenue.
The investigation is centered around a vehicle, a silver Mustang. It’s back window has a gaping hole in it, and the front end was smashed. Police snapped photos and took notes, surrounding the car. They were trying to determine how it ended up on Schofield Avenue with Anderson’s body inside. They’re not sure if Anderson had any ties to the neighborhood.
“It appears at this point in time that the vehicle was brought to this location, but the incident possibly did not occur,” said Genae Cook, an IMPD public information officer.
Investigators said they believe the Mustang was involved in an accident at another location, but they’re not sure of that location. They said they believe somebody drove the car to Schofield Avenue. Anderson was found dead in the passenger seat. Police said he suffered from at least one gunshot.
“I hate to see this happen,” said Andrew Marble, who lives in the neighborhood. “I don’t know what’s happening. What could be happening?”
These are questions shared by the crime-fighting group Ten Point Coalition.
“We’re trying to figure out ‘is this going to be a trend’ or ‘is this the way the new year is going to be brought in?’ We hope not,” said the Rev. James Black of Ten Point.
But they’re not just hoping. They’re also calling on neighbors for help.
“Everyone needs to come together and speak up and let everyone know what’s going on in their neighborhood so that we can get here in time before something like this happens,” Black said.
A sentiment too late for Anderson, but hopefully not too late altogether.
“I pray not. I pray that we don’t have (the) record-breaking year as we had last year,” the reverend said.
The year just finished, 2017, was Indianapolis’ deadliest year on record. According to IMPD, there were 154 murders.
If you have any information on who killed Anderson, call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. You can remain anonymous and there is a $1,000 reward.