Police identify victim after finding body behind east side building
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 2, 2014)— The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a death after a person’s body was located on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday morning.
Officers responded to an apartment building at 24 South Wallace Ave. around 9:25 a.m. after receiving a report a body was found. Police said a maintenance worker at the apartment complex found the body of an unidentified male under a carport behind the building.
On Wednesday night, police identified the victim as Andre Brown, 56, of Indianapolis.
The apartment community is called Bankers Lane Apts.
“He had on a muscle shirt and tattoos on up on the right shoulder, I believe. I didn’t really want to get real close,” Emmitt Perkins, the maintenance worker, said.
The circumstances surrounding the death are unclear at this time.
Police said they responded to the area about two hours earlier in reference to shots fired. However, officers did not find anything when they arrived to the area (24 N Walllace), said police. It is unclear if the shots fired call is connected to the body found.
Emina Barnett said she called police around 7 a.m. because she heard one gunshot.
“I woke up around 6:30 to get my kids (ready) for daycare and I heard one gunshot and after that I heard a lady saying ‘oh my God’. She closed her door,” Barnett said.
Barnett said the window to her kids bedroom was open. She said she heard a man nearby, moaning for about 10 minutes.
“He was like ‘ohhh’ like he was hurt that is when I called the cops to let them know my address,” Barnett said.
Barnett decided to ask the maintenance worker of the building to check the property to make sure no one was hurt.
“She wanted someone to go around and make sure everything was alright. So, I just happened to walk around and I saw the body laying there and I didn’t touch it or nothing,” Perkins said.
IMPD said Brown had trauma to his body and considered his death suspicious. The cause and manner of death will be determined following an autopsy by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.
If authorities classify this as a homicide, it would be considered to be the 8th homicide since Friday.
“I’m kinda scared. (I am) worried now ’cause -I mean- this (is) really a good place, but (like someone said) they don’t have those kinds of issues (here),” Barnett said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.