INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –An Indianapolis man was shot in the doorway of his northwest side home.
In a dense fog just before sunrise, police were called to a home in the 3800 block of Amaranth Court near Eagle Creek Airport after reports of gunfire, although at first it wasn't clear exactly what happened.
“I heard two shots maybe 15 seconds apart. I wasn’t even sure if it was a gunshot or not,” said neighbor Richard Cornican.
It turns out, police believe Richard's 43-year-old neighbor Joshua Freeman was shot in the doorway of his own home, but when officers arrived they didn't find the injured victim because family members drove the man two miles away to an Eskenazi Urgent Care Center in the 5500 block of West 38th Street, where emergency crews met them. He was pronounced dead in the parking lot.
IMPD detectives responded to both scenes and began canvassing the area for witnesses, but neighbors say they are stunned.
“We all say hi and wave. We were just talking with a couple of neighbors about how we all feel safe here and everybody knows everybody and there’s never any problems,” said Cornican.
A map highlighting all the homicides in Indy this year shows there have only been a handful of killings west of 465, but the fact is crime can happen anywhere and anytime.
“Anywhere in the city where we suffer a loss, it is a loss to the whole community. Anytime we are affected by this violence, we all are impacted in some way,” said IMPD Sgt. Jim Gillespie.
In a separate shooting late Thursday night, police say a mother came home and found her son shot and killed on the couch at an apartment complex near 79th and Township Line Road.
The victim in that case was a 17-year-old student at North Central High School identified as Elijah Gordon.
Police say the homicide on Indy’s northwest side and the deadly shooting the north side are not connected in any way, but they do have one thing in common: police need the public’s help to bring those families some justice.
“This is something that will not be tolerated,” said Gillespie. “We need the community to rally with us to make sure people face the appropriate consequences.”
So far no arrests have been made in either case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.