INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are investigating a fatal shooting on the east side of Indianapolis.
Emergency crews were called to the 2800 block of Elwin Drive near East 30th Street and North Post Road around 7:15 a.m.
The shooting victim was determined to be dead on arrival. He was identified by the coroner as Carlos Williams, 20.
It's possible that Williams had been lying in a wooded area behind the Briergate apartments for hours before police were called, as neighbors have reported hearing a series of gunshots as early as 2:30 a.m.
“My first thought was this is Post road, so somebody is probably just shooting in the air or something, shooting at the ground. I didn’t think nobody was actually shooting at somebody,” Ricky Rudolph said.
Rudolph said he heard roughly 5 gunshots, but wasn't alerted to the fact that a body was found until around 6 a.m. He says he and a friend were the first to find Williams' body and alert police.
“I was talking (to Williams) like hey, hey, but he wasn’t moving or nothing so i just called the police”
An IMPD spokesperson says witness accounts will be very important for solving the case.
“They’re crucial. We could hear something we did not know in the investigation, and as a result of someone hearing somethings that could be the closing thing to figure out who was actually involved in this case,” Officer Aaron Hamer said.
Residents of the Briergate apartment complex says the shooting has increased their concerns about the safety of the children who live in the area.
“It’s like we can’t let our kids go outside and play, because it’s always somebody having to look over their shoulders worrying about is that my child, am I going to get a phone call at 4 o’clock in the morning and my child, my son, my daughter is dead," Dee Smith said.
Police say the investigation is ongoing. If you know anything about this case you’re encouraged to contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS