5 shot outside American Legion Post in Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Five people are injured after a shooting in the parking lot of the American Legion in Evansville, according to authorities.
The shooting occurred at the American Legion located on Chestnut Street at around 3 a.m.
Authorities confirm there are five total victims. All persons are reported to be in good condition.
Police say an officer in the area heard the gunshots and responded.
A suspect has been taken into custody.
The American Legion Department of Indiana released the following statement regarding the shooting:
The American Legion Department of Indiana is aware and is currently investigating the early morning shooting that took place at American Legion Post 354 in Evansville on Sunday the 6th.
Post leadership notified Department staff that the incident started earlier in the evening when two men had an argument inside of the Post. After one of the men was asked to leave, he apparently waited outside until the Post closed and opened fire on individuals leaving the building.
The Department of Indiana does not condone this act of senseless violence.
The mission of our local posts is to be a safe place for not only veterans and their family, but
also the surrounding community.
Post leadership met with officers from the Evansville Police Department early this morning and
are currently investigating the issue at the post level.
Information received from both Post 354 and local law enforcement will be reviewed to determine if changes to the post are necessary.
The American Legion, Department of Indiana is comprised of more than 76,000 military service veterans who have served honorably during times of military conflict in defense of their nation since 1919 and more than 1.8 million members nationwide.
This is a developing story.