Man shot in head makes 9th shooting in six days

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A man was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, after someone shot him in the head in an east side neighborhood.

Metro Police responded to gunshots near Chester and Walnut Streets. Once there, they found two men injured. One suffered lacerations and the other had a gunshot wound to the head.

“He was covered in blood,” said Gary Hall, who lives nearby.

Hall was working in his yard when the man with a laceration came running up to him screaming for help. Only a few moments later, Hall saw the other man bleeding from the head.

Hall quickly took off his shirt and wrapped it around the man’s head to stop the bleeding.

“He was bleeding out of his mouth and then when he started getting weak, we just told him to sit down,” said Hall. “We prayed. We prayed that he would make it.”

This is the ninth shooting in Indianapolis since the Fourth of July. Five people have died in that time. Police call it a public health crisis.

“We seem to have a culture of shoot first rather than solve our problems in a more civilized way,” said Lt. Christopher Bailey with Metro Police.

Hall took out a bucket of water, some dish soap and a broom and started scrubbing the blood splattered all over his sidewalk late Wednesday evening. Small children stood only a few feet away watching.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “All the stuff that’s going on in these neighborhoods is crazy.”

Police do not believe this shooting is connected to the recent youth violence in the city. They need the public’s help to find the suspect(s) in this case.