UPDATE: Coroner’s office identifies man killed in near east side shooting

Photo from scene on October 12, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old man on the near east side of Indianapolis Thursday.

According to police at the scene, officers were in the area of East 10th Street and North Rural Street around 10:45 a.m. on another investigation when they heard shots fired nearby. They went to check it out, and they noticed a man on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he later died. The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 36-year-old Philly Alexander Jr.

According to a police report, officers believe the suspect is a black male between the ages of 25 and 35. He was reportedly wearing a black long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and black pants.

Police are asking the public to come forward with any information about the shooting. “One of the things we struggle with from time to time is cooperation. We’re always striving to build our relationship with the community so they feel comfortable coming to us without fear of retaliation. We don’t want them to be afraid to come to us,” IMPD Officer Jim Gillespie said.

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