Man shot during attempted robbery that police say was set up by a woman he met online

Picture from the scene on July 25, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a shooting on the city’s northeast side.  Detectives say the victim was set up by a woman that he met on Backpage.com.

Police at the scene were called to the 3800 block of North Richardt Avenue shortly after 6 a.m. on a report of a shooting. When they arrived they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Here is what police say happened. The woman was inside of the victims house around 6:30 a.m. when someone started pounding on the door. She walked up to the door and tried to open it. When the victim stopped her, someone tried to push their way inside. Police say that person fired several gun shots, hitting the victim in the back, before running off with the woman.

“That was really too close to home,” said neighbor Mary Orange.

Police say the two did not steal anything and now neighbors who heard the gun shots are worried the suspects are going to come back.

“All you can do is hope that they will not come here. We have our security system and my husband has got a gun and he will use it,” said Orange.

The victim was awake and breathing when medics arrived, and he was transported to the hospital.

There were two children, ages 10 and 12, inside the home at the time of the shooting, but they were uninjured.

The suspect fled from the scene, and police are searching for him. They have not released a suspect description at this time.

Police have not released suspect descriptions at this time.