INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 20, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police were investigating after a shooting on the northwest side Friday morning.
It happened around 8:30 a.m. in the area of 86th Street and Michigan Road at the Extended Stay America. One person suffered a gunshot wound to the head and went to an area hospital. Vehicles with bullet holes were observed in a parking lot. Police said it appeared the shooting happened in the parking lot and not in a room.
The victim was identified as Richard Scroggins.
According to IMPD, a man ran out of the hotel and jumped into a box truck so he could be taken to a nearby Marathon gas station, telling the driver "they are chasing me." Police were then notified about the shooting.
Investigators said Scroggins told them he was in a hotel room with a woman when he was told he "had to pay." He then left the room and found a man in dark clothing with a gun who chased him out.
"He alleges that that there was an altercation inside of the hotel. A failure to pay. Apparently he said and I quote, that 'I was asked to pay money for having a sexual relation with a woman' who he later believed to be a prostitute," explained IMPD public information officer Christopher Wilburn.
Police said the man's story may have been fabricated, however. Scroggins has outstanding warrants out of Marion, Ind., police said.
A lockdown was in place at Fortis College across the street, although that lockdown has since been lifted. IMPD said there was no immediate threat to the area.