Man killed in shooting on northwest side, found beside his running car in apartment parking lot

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INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD has confirmed a person has died after being shot on the 4500 block of Rosewood Commons on the northwest side on Sunday night.

IMPD officers say someone called 911 after hearing shots in the area. When that caller looked outside, they found someone laying in the road.

Police say they don’t believe the victim, an adult male, lived in the apartments in the area and are unsure why he was there. His car was still running when police found his body.

When FOX59 asked if it was a robbery, police said they were unsure, but said there may have been some kind of transaction taking place.

“Don’t do illegal activities after dark,” said IMPD Major Kerry Buckner. “Know who you’re dealing with. And if you’re gonna sell things online like phones and tennis shoes, we have a program where you can go to one of our roll calls and an officer will meet you to make sure you are safe while you’re meeting or selling your stuff.” 

Kelly Buckner, who has lived in Rosewood Commons for three years, said the victim’s car still had its trunk open.

“A newer, white charger,” she said. “We know all the cars over here, even when they have company, and it was definitely a car that hadn’t been over here.”

She said she has grown accustomed to disturbances and other less-serious incidents in the complex, but she was surprised to find a deadly crime scene about 30 feet from her front door because she never heard any gunshots.

“My boyfriend had literally just gotten back in from work, and I came outside and there’s just a body there,” she said. “It’s just like ‘what the heck, what just happened?’”

“I heard one shot,” said a neighbor who only wanted to be identified as “Mike.” “That’s about the extent of what I heard. No arguing, no exchanges, it was just one shot.”

“You can hear a gunshot or two and think it’s kind of normal nowadays, sadly,” he continued. “Obviously a little unnerving to have it happen right outside my door.”

Another woman who would only speak from behind her apartment door said the incident was enough to make her think about moving away from the complex.

Investigators had no further updates Monday afternoon. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Matthew Melkey at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail him at Matthew.Melkey@indy.gov. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.

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