Police investigate early morning shooting after disturbance at east side inn

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2015) – Police are investigating a shooting following a disturbance early Monday morning at an east side inn.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police said a woman was shot at the Shadeland Inn in the 3500 block of N. Shadeland Avenue around 5:30 a.m.

According to police dispatchers, the victim was awake and breathing after the shooting. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital after being hit in the leg. Investigators said the woman was attempting to rob someone inside the hotel when she was shot. The motive may be linked to prostitution.

Police said there were several people inside the room when the shooting happened. Most of them left the scene. The address is the former location of the Rodeway Inn, where police investigated a pair of homicides over the summer. The name has since changed, and the motel is under new management. Hotel staff did not want to comment on Monday mornings shooting. Police said this hotel is back on their radar.

“As it relates to shootings as it relates to things of this nature, now you’ve caught the attention of law enforcement," said IMPD officer Chris Wilburn.

Since the two homicides in June, there have been more than 15 crimes reported to police at the hotel. Many of those crimes included burglary and illegal drug use. Police said there could be more crimes, but many of them go unreported.

“We want people to call 911, to make things known to law enforcement so we aren’t playing catch up," Wilburn said.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.