Single father killed in apartment shootout, 7-year-old son escapes injury

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A 7-year-old was caught in the middle of a gunfire exchange that resulted in two men being shot. One of those men was killed, and the other was seriously injured.

It happened at the Williamsburg East Apartments just after 9 p.m. near 46th and Arlington. Police say a group of men were fighting inside an apartment when someone started firing shots.

“There could be a third or fourth involved, we don’t know how many people were inside,” said IMPD Captain Harold Turner. “We don’t know who is a victim and who is a suspect in this situation.”

Officers found a man dead inside the apartment. He was identified Monday as Tyreece Duane Alexander, 36.

Another man was driven to White Castle near 38th and Shadeland. Emergency crews transported him to Eskenazi from there. Police say he is in serious condition.

A 7-year-old was inside the apartment at the time, but the child escaped the apartment uninjured.

Family members at the apartment complex say the 7-year old boy is the son of Tyreece Alexander. They say the child was staying with an uncle following the death of his father

A woman who did not want to be identified said she has lived in the apartment complex for 18 years, and violence like the Sunday night shootout now makes her feel unsafe.

“I don’t come out at dark,” she said. “Like when we was younger, the street lights come on, we had to be on the porch. Street lights come on, I be in my house. It’s not safe.”

Metro Police detectives are still piecing together details about who shot whom, and who instigated the violence.

“Whatever it is they were doing led to a very violent confrontation between the two, three, four, however many there were,” Turner said.

If this shooting is classified as a murder, it would be the 146th murder in Indianapolis this year.