Man identified after body was found three blocks away from Broad Ripple Avenue

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By Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct.28, 2014)-- A man’s body was found in a Broad Ripple apartment complex around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, the body of Brandon Hale, 31, of Indianapolis was found by someone who lives at the Monon Place, located in the 1100 block of Chatfield Drive. Hale does not live at the Monon Place.

Margie Cockshott lives in the neighborhood. She heard gunshots, but did not believe they sounded close to her home.

“My husband and I heard three shots last night. I said ‘Wow, those sounded like gunshots’. (I) look(ed) out the window. So, he looked out the window, but he didn’t see anything,” Cockshott said.

Cockshott did not call 911.

“We didn’t call anybody because we didn’t know...we didn’t know...I mean I didn’t know it was that close until this morning when I heard a knock on the door,” Cockshott said.

Cockshott said it was a police officer, asking if she knew anything.

IMPD said someone did report hearing shots fired on Compton Street around 2:30 Tuesday morning. Compton Street is the road outside of the Monon Place. An IMPD detective searched Compton Street, but did not find anything.

Jason Adams lives across the street.

“It’s a nice neighborhood to be in and be around at night – especially in this area right here, it does get pretty dark. (There are) not a lot of street lights around. Even a casual walk from the Monon to the front door of the house here, when it gets dark, can be a little bit of a questionable walk,” Adams said.

Call Crime Stoppers, if you have any information about this crime. They want to hear from people who may have seen or heard anything between 2:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“You want them caught. Yes. Of course,” Cockshott said.

FOX59 received a statement from the Monon Place property management team:

“The Monon Place property management team fully supports and is cooperating with police during their investigation on our property this morning.”