Person of interest sought after fairgoer shot in chest during argument over parking space

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking information about a “person of interest” in the shooting of a man attempting to park his car on a street near the Indiana State Fair grounds.

Avis White, 42, was wounded in the chest.

“The victim parked on a public street, was approached by the suspect, a disagreement over that parking space ensued and we believe the suspect then shot the victim,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams. “The suspect was illegally trying to engage the victim into parking in a legal parking space.”

Takisha Morris told FOX59 News that after White was approached by a man in an orange shirt and reflector vest, her boyfriend answered, “This is a public street,” and was shot.

“This was not an official sanctioned individual who was associated with the state fair. This was a suspect who committed a crime who we are actively pursuing,” said Adams. “Events like the fair sometimes bring in individuals like this.”

Indiana State Police continue to investigate the break-ins of several vehicles in the state fairgrounds infield two weeks ago in an area accessible to both the general public and temporary fair employees.

“We really focus on safety on the fairgrounds,” responded Lesley Gordon, fair spokeswoman, when asked about Sunday’s shooting several blocks from the fairground’s main East 38th Street entrance, “and while it was really close, it wasn’t on the fairgrounds.”

While IMPD detectives are preparing charges against their person of interest, investigators encourage neighborhood witnesses and anyone who knows the gunman to call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.

“We received some information from the community that obviously this is a crime that is very heinous to everyone,” said Adams. “I think it impacts the people in this neighborhood who don’t want that stigma and they want this individual off the street and they were very crucial in providing information to detectives to help them put them in the direction of a person of interest.”