INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 21, 2015) - Two people were killed in less than an hour, following by a series of shootings Thursday evening into Friday morning. Investigators do not have any suspects in the two unrelated homicides. One of the victims included a 16-year-old.
IMPD officers responded to a home in the 5600 block of Marilyn just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday. They found a man suffering from a gunshot wound who later died at the scene. Police later identified him as 43-year-old Kelvin Marion.
About 40 minutes later officers responded to 300 block of West 31st Street where neighbors reported hearing gunshots. When officers arrived they were directed to the backyard of a vacant home. Medics tried to work on the teenage victim but he died at the scene. Family members identified him as 16-year-old Jaylen Johnson.
"Several shots were heard in the area and that's why we originally responded to the scene but without getting into specifics of that unfortunately I can't say what it is but we don't think it's random," said Officer Rafael Diaz with IMPD.
Residents living near the teen's neighborhood were frustrated by his death. One man put up a sign that read "stop the violence."
A pastor with the street outreach team, 10 Point Coalition, is concerned because a possible gang sign was found on the vacant home where the teen was killed. Police are looking at the graffiti and could not say if the shooting was gang related.
"They're going to follow up with possibly our gang unit to see if this is something that we can trace back to a possible gang or any kind of that information and hopefully garner some leads from that," said Officer Diaz.
Police responded to another shooting Thursday night around 9:30 p.m. at a Northeast side Walmart, located in the 8000 block of East 38 Street. Officers were called to a shooting just before midnight in the 200 block of West 38th Street where a teen was shot multiple times. Then at 1:43 a.m. Friday, a man was shot in the arm in the 4500 block of Primrose Avenue.