ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (March 15, 2016)-- The search continues for a man who pretended to be a driver in need of help and shot a Zionsville homeowner in the leg Monday night.
Officers responded to the 4300 block of Creekside Pass, in the Austin Oaks subdivision, shortly after 9 p.m. Monday.
The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, told police a man came to his door and asked for a tool to fix his vehicle. He got a tool and came back to the front door, where a struggle ensued. The homeowner was shot and the suspect fled.
The victim was transported to St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. He also suffered a cut to the head, according to Zionsville police.
Ellen Narva lives two doors down and had just come home around the same time police were being dispatched. She said she noticed something strange in the trees around the victim's house.
“In between the those I saw flashlights and people talking. Just maybe a couple of gentlemen talking and I thought that was kind of strange,” said Narva.
She wants to know whether the shooting was a random act of violence or if her neighbor was targeted for some reason.
Detectives won't answer that yet, because they are still waiting to talk to the victim in detail about what happened.
“I understand he’s either being prepped for surgery or in surgery, and until our investigators are able to follow up with that investigation, unfortunately we’re not going to have too much information to disperse without actually speaking to the victim," said Sgt. Adrian Martin.
Meantime, police are trying to calm the public.
“We are doing everything we possibly can to make sure the neighborhood’s safe, we have a lot of police presence in the neighborhood we’re doing everything we can to make sure there’s not still a suspect at large,” Zionsville Police Chief Robert Knox said Monday night.
Police provided new information about the suspect Tuesday, describing him as a black male who was 5’8” and about 160 pounds. The man wore a black jacket, police said. Investigators set up a perimeter late Monday and used K-9s to search for the suspect.
As of early Tuesday morning, police were still looking for the suspect although there was no active police perimeter.