INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – One of two people shot on the city’s near west side Thursday has died. It's the eighth homicide in the city in eight days.
The two men were found suffering from apparent gunshot wounds when officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the scene in the 1200 block of Sheffield Avenue shortly after 3 p.m.
The males were both transported to an area hospital in critical condition, but one died, despite the best life-saving efforts provided by medical staff. The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the deceased as 33-year-old Duan Winfrey. The second victim remained in critical condition.
“We had just heard a lot of gunshots I had just come through just got off from work," Wilbur Jethroe said of the shooting near his two homes, "We own the house at 1212. I was going to go check on it, and something told me you better not do that today. I’m glad I didn’t."
The circumstances surrounding what exactly happened are unknown. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began canvassing the area for witnesses.
“Crime lab is behind us processing the scene and they’ll be here for a while and detectives are talking to residents and hopefully they will identify some witnesses that can give us some good information that leads us in the direction of who is responsible for this,” said Deputy Chief Chris Bailey.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).