UPDATE: The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office have not filed charges against Hampton. The case remains under investigation.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man is dead, and his killer is still on the loose.
Police said they believe the suspect pulled out a gun and fired multiple times.
It happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday on Delaware Street near 30th Street.
On Wednesday night, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said homicide detectives are searching for 33-year-old Monica Hampton, who is wanted for questioning in the shooting. Detectives also were attempting to find a gray 2008 Nissan Altima; IMPD shared photos of Hampton and the car. (App users, click here to view the photos with this story.)
Neighbors stood near the scene with horrified expressions on their faces as crime lab workers collected blood-stained evidence. Crime tape surrounded the block, barricading Alex Long in his own home.
“I woke up to several text messages from friends asking if I was ok. I replied, ‘yea, I have no idea what you’re talking about,'” Long said.
His friends filled him in. Long walked out his front door to see for himself. Jermaine Ivory Taylor, 37, had been shot, several times.
“It’s tragic that this happened. No one should just be shot down in cold blood. Especially in a residential neighborhood,” said Long.
Police believe the shooting could be connected to a dispute on Talbot Street.
“Around the same time there were multiple calls of shots fired. So, with that information, we try to do the best we can to get to the area fast as we can,” said IMPD Officer Aaron Hamer.
As police headed to Talbot Street, they got another call to Delaware and 30th. By the time they arrived, it was too late. Officers found Taylor lying on the street, next to a car.
“We believe the car was a factor in this case. So, we’re trying to figure it all out,” said Officer Hamer.
According to police, this is the fifth criminal homicide in Indianapolis this year. Last year was a record-breaking year for murders in the city.
While Long wishes he could go back to sleep and have this just be a bad dream, he can’t. So, he offers a unique solution.
“For all we know, if the shooter had had a smile or handshake or someone says ‘hi,’ this might not have happened. We need to get back to being the best people we can,” he said.
Police have not identified a suspect. They’re asking people who may have seen something, or who know anything to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. You can remain anonymous your tip could lead to a $1,000 reward.
Note: This story has been corrected to identify the victim.