9 shot, 4 killed during violent 24-hour span across Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2014) – March ended on a violent note around Indianapolis, where police investigated nine shootings in the span of 24 hours. Four people died as part of the shooting spree.

It began just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a man was shot several times on East 34th Street. He underwent emergency surgery.

About an hour later, a man was shot in the hand on Perry Street. At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, another person was shot on West 35th Street.

On Sunday afternoon, a volunteer worker at a northeast side store was fatally shot while trying to stop some shoplifters. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. at the Body Gear store at 38th and Rural.

A group of people tried to steal clothes from the store, and a man later identified as 36-year-old Ho Lee was shot while trying to stop them. He died from his injuries. A teenager was shot in the leg during the incident.

Police arrested 18-year-old Deaundre Graves and a 17-year-old juvenile following that shooting. They were still looking for other suspects who ran away from the store.

Around 8:20 p.m., police were dispatched to a shooting in the 2800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Street. In that case, a man was shot in the leg outside the Community Spirits Liquor Store. His brother took him to IU Health Methodist Hospital, according to a report from IMPD.

The final shooting of the violent 24-hour span happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Three people–two men and a woman–were shot at an apartment building in the 9500 block of Shoreland Court near East 21st Street and North Post Road.

Officers found a man lying outside the apartment. Inside they found another man and a woman. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police found evidence of narcotics inside the apartment and said the shooting didn’t appear to be a random act of violence.

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