Two people shot at west side apartment complex during attempted robbery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 13, 2014)—Two people were transported to the hospital after being shot at an apartment complex on Indianapolis’ west side Monday afternoon.

Police said the shootings occurred at the Scarborough Lakes Apartments located in the 6300 block of Wakefield Road in connection with the armed robbery.

The homeowner told police he left his apartment, but walked back inside after realizing he had forgotten something. When he went back in to his apartment, there was a man with a gun and a mask waiting for him.

“At that point, a struggle ensued,” said Officer Chris Wilburn, Indianapolis Metro Police Department. “The suspect, we believe, fired an undetermined amout of rounds at the victim, striking him.”

Authorities said the homeowner was shot twice, once in the elbow and once in the backside. A maintenance man working across the hall was shot in the chin, said police.

“The maintenance person, from what we understand, heard loud pops, which he thought was firecrackers,” Wilburn said. “He stepped out into the hallway or the vestibule area and was struck by a ricochet.”

Both victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Officers are currently searching for one suspect. Detectives believe the incident started as an attempted residential robbery because the suspect forced the victim back into his apartment before struggling with him. The suspect also demanded either cash or items, according to police.