More than 20 shots fired at Lawrence gas station, 3 people hospitalized

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LAWRENCE, Ind. (June 4, 2014) – Police urged the public to find peaceful ways to resolve their conflicts after three people were shot at a Lawrence gas station early Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred at the Thornton’s gas station in the 7000 block of Pendleton Pike, just north of 38th Street and Shadeland Avenue.

According to Lawrence police, one male and a female arrived at the gas station around 1 a.m.  The man went into the store to prepay for gas while the woman waited in the car. As the man was leaving the store, police said he bumped into another male entering the store and the two exchanged a few words.

The first man then went back to his car to pump gas and the second male went into the store.  When the second man came out of the store, police said he started firing his gun at the first man, who then returned fire.

Police said the woman decided to get out of the car at that point and try to break up the fight, but ended up getting shot in the hand.  She was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

“It’s disturbing to see people who get into altercations have to resort to violence of this nature, especially to this magnitude,” said Lawrence Deputy Police Chief Curtis Bigsby.  “Then other innocent bystanders actually get struck in the process of two individuals that cannot try to find other means to resolve their issues.”

Both men ended up at Eskanazi Hospital in critical condition, with the first man suffering gunshot wounds to the abdomen and leg and the second man suffering gunshot wounds to the abdomen and hand.

Thornton’s gas station did not receive any damage from the gunfight, which police said included at least 20 rounds, but it is closed until further notice.

Thornton’s released the following statement following the shootings:

On Wednesday, June 4 around 1:00 a.m., a shooting occurred outside our Thorntons’ store on Pendleton Pike in Indianapolis, IN.

All Thorntons’ team members and customers besides the individuals involved in the incident remain unharmed.

Our store will remain closed while we continue to work with Lawrence Police and Indianapolis Metro Police throughout the investigation. We encourage the public that knows anything about what happened to contact Indianapolis Metro Police at: 327-MOTA (6682).

“Providing a safe environment for our team and customers is our number one concern. This is a very unfortunate situation, “ said Shelly Gibson Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel, Thorntons Inc.