Police canvass west side, search for answers in 24-year-old man’s shooting death

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INDIANAPOLIS – Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department work tirelessly to find the suspects in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man who was taking a walk on the west side early Tuesday morning.

IMPD rolled out their Incident Command Vehicle and put Nathan Trapuzzano’s picture up on the side, hoping someone would see it and report something that could help the case.

The news of the homicide is both horrifying and emotional for neighbors.

“If it’s right down the street, I’ve got children. I’ve got children that play here all the time,” said Jessica Lewis. “It’s sad, and being right down the street, it’s scary.”

Lewis lives a few blocks away and didn’t know Trapuzzano or his family. The 24-year-old and his wife had been married about a year. His family told FOX59 that his wife is eight months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Trapuzzano is originally from Pittsburgh and moved to Indianapolis.

“The fact that we have two districts working the area, canvassing the area, we’re going to find who did this because the community knows,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

Hite said identifying suspects and solving the crime will take community policing. That’s why two districts went through neighborhoods near the scene Tuesday night, talking to residents about the murder and looking for leads.

“These are not strangers. These are people we know in our community, and we want to tell you again, identify them. You’re not snitching. You are enabling if you don’t help us,” said Hite.

Police believe the neighborhood holds answers into the soon-to-be father’s murder.

If you have any information regarding the fatal shooting, contact Crimestoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Family members of Trapuzzano were too upset to talk to FOX59 when we stopped by. However, they are planning his funeral, and his wife will deliver the couple’s baby in a few weeks.