Bystander dead, murder target critical after shooting on northwest side

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One man–most likely the wrong man–is dead and the real target of a murder attempt is in critical condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital after jumping into a retention pond to escape bullets on the northwest side.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers were called to Aspen Village Apartments near 34th Street and Georgetown Road.

When police arrived they found one man had been pulled from a retention pond by a resident. He had water in his lungs and was known to neighbors as “Smurf.”

“Smurf” had been shot last year, residents and police said. He was shot at this year and investigators and neighbors think he was the target.

Instead, another resident was killed.

“I heard gunshots, probably about eight gunshots today,” said one woman who found the victim behind an apartment building in the 3500 block of Kebil Drive.

The man told her he was shot in the arm, though it was later discovered that the fatal bullet entered his chest.

“He doesn’t bother anybody,” said the resident. “He just sits there on the step and doesn’t bother no one.”

Witnesses told police the second man, “Smurf,” ran away and dove into the retention pond even though he couldn’t swim.

This is the second time this summer bullets have been fired at Aspen Village; no one died after a shooting on the Fourth of July. The apartment complex is next door to an IPS school.

“I got two grandsons,” said the woman. “One is 15, the other is one. And it’s rough. I’m telling you. It’s rough.”