INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March, 8, 2014) — A person was shot near the Colts Training Complex around 10:30 Saturday evening. Investigators believe the shooting happened a short time after the victim left a large unsanctioned teen party nearby. Police broke up the party shortly before the shooting was reported.
Witnesses say a black SUV was chasing another car down 56th Street, firing shots at the car. That car crashed into a tree inside Eagle Creek Park and two men were seen jumping out and running away. The crash happened right across the street from the Colts training complex.
When officers arrived they realized a man was shot. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and a bullet grazed his head. The victim was taken to IU Health Methodist in stable condition.
Police believe the victim and friends were coming from a large juvenile party at Brickhouse Fitness in the 4400 block of Lafayette Road. They say it’s possible the person or persons involved in the shooting were also at the party. Police believe the shooting victim and his friends left the party and were involved in a disturbance.
“We know everybody cleared off the lot peacefully, we were leaving when this run came out. We were told after they left the event there was some kind of a disturbance and that’s when there were some people chasing each other in cars,” said Detective Sergeant William Carter.
Police believe 300 to 400 people were at the party, most of them were believed to be underage. They say the part was advertised on social media, including the popular photo sharing app Instagram. Detectives from IMPD’s Nuisance Abatement Unit had broken the party up and cited the building owner and party promoter for violations of city ordinances.
“They were charging admission for the kids to get in of course in the city of Indianapolis you have to have a dance hall permit to be open to the public,charge admission. Plus this is a fitness club it’s not rated fire wise to host such type of event with the number of people that were in there,” said Detective Sergeant Carter.
IMPD wants to remind teens that unsanctioned teen parties could face scrutiny by IMPD or city representatives which could result in the issuance of fines or possible arrest. Anyone with information is urged to call CRIME STOPPERS of Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477).