2 men killed, 2 others in critical after suspects rob illegal home dice game

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 9th 2015) -- A game of dice turns deadly for two men in Indianapolis early Monday morning.

Two men were killed and two others remain in critical condition after someone tried to rob the victims. The coroner identified the two men killed as Thomas Stewart, 22, and Jonte Johnson, 24.

Officers responded to a call about multiple people shot in the 400 block of North Beville Ave. just before 3 a.m.

Police have not made any arrests, but they do have a possible motive.

Police found dice and money scattered throughout the home, leading investigators to believe someone shot the victims during a robbery.

“Detectives found evidence there was illegal gambling going on, but this was not a known illegal gambling establishment. It was some friends that had gathered to participate in a game and during the game we believe a robbery occurred,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

Detectives do not think any of the four victims shot each other, instead at least one suspect and maybe more, came into the home and committed the killings.

Police say illegal gambling is not uncommon in the city and there’s not much law enforcement can do to stop the crime.

“We can’t just bust into someone’s house and see if they’re illegally gambling or playing Uno. This would be no different.” said Adams.
“I mean if someone’s in their home and not bringing the attention of law enforcement, how would we know?”

While police don’t have any suspects in this case, they did reiterate they do not think what happened inside the home was a random act and neighbors in the area should not be concerned for their safety.

The names of the other two victims have not been released by police.

Officers urge anyone with information about these shootings to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).