Indianapolis police: Off duty firefighter shot on northeast side, ran to mosque for help

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 13, 2016) – Police are searching for a gunman after an off duty IFD firefighter was shot on the city’s northeast side.

According to IFD spokesperson Rita Reith, firefighter Michael “Kevin” Gill, 49, stopped by the 2200 block of East 38th Street around 10 a.m. to pick up some food at an acquaintance’s house. As he was walking back out to his car, a man appeared and started shooting.

Gill was shot in the torso, but he was able to run across the street to the Muhammad Mosque No. 74 for help. People inside of the mosque assisted Gill and called 911.

"I heard a loud noise...boom, boom, boom. I think there were three shots," says a neighbor.

After the shooting, the armed suspect fled south from the residence and never entered the mosque.

Gill was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition. He is alert, oriented and communicating. His injuries are non-life threatening, although his doctors are keeping him at the hospital overnight for observation. His family is with him at the hospital.

Gill is a 16-year veteran of IFD.

"Many times it is the result of a robbery or carjacking of some sort but I do not have those indications yet," says IMPD detective Kevin Lauerman.

Police described the gunman as a black male with a box haircut, about six feet tall, wearing a white shirt and khaki pants, and carrying an AK-47.

If you have any information about this shooting, please call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS. Information shared via Crime Stoppers is considered anonymous.

IMPD dispatch originally told FOX59 the shooting occurred at the mosque, but according to IMPD PIO Richard Riddle, further investigation revealed the shooting happened across the street from the mosque; the victim ran to Muhammad Mosque No. 74 for help.