One person killed, one wounded after shooting on northwest side

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Photo from scene on May 3, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS– A resident in the Lake Manor neighborhood said her attention was drawn to the house in the 5900 block of Cedar Lake Drive by a man in a yellow coat pounding on the front door.

The woman said she didn’t know the young people who lived there, or the visitors who paraded in and out of the two-story home in the quiet neighborhood at all hours of the night.

The neighbor knows she heard gunfire during the noon hour, though, and then watched IMPD officers who responded to discover one man dead and, a couple blocks away, a blue Hyundai sedan with fresh damage to the trunk and side view mirror, proof of an encounter with a battered mailbox at the murder scene, and fresh blood on the driver’s seat.

South of West 52nd Street, in a neighboring community, police found a man with a bullet wound to the arm on the front porch of a home. He went to Methodist Hospital in good condition.

Back on Cedar Lake Drive, another resident recounted what he saw and heard.

“I just saw three females run out of the house. I heard some gunshots and saw them run out of the house screaming and one of them had a child in their hand,” he said. “I thought I heard a girl say, ‘They killed Tyler.’”

The man said he heard six or seven gunshots.

Detectives said the dead man was shot multiple times. Police spotted more than one gun inside while they waited for search warrant to poke around for evidence that might explain what the fighting was about.

“There’s a guy in the car,” said the neighbor. “Another guy gets in the car. They back out. They speed away and I could tell something was wrong with one of the guys because he was laid back in the car.”

IMPD officers found the second man who was in the car with the wounded gunman and put him in the back of a patrol car to await questioning.

“We believe there is a linkage between the victim inside the house here and another victim that was found a short distance away in another vehicle,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams. “We do believe that they know each other. That’s the premise we’re going off right now. We also believe that this particular residence was rented multiple times to multiple individuals so we’re still trying to track down who the actual owner is.”

The house was rented and re-rented several times.

Investigators are still looking for the man in the yellow coat.

On a street of tidy yards and houses, the unkempt home where strangers lived and shot each other during the lunch hour stands out as an eyesore.

“Pretty shocking. Broad daylight,” observed one neighbor. “And there’s kids in the house…No regard for anybody.”

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