1 dead, 1 injured in shooting on Indy’s near northwest side

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INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured on the city’s near northwest side Sunday afternoon.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Northwest District officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Eugene Street for a report of two people shot around 4:15 p.m.

IMPD said officers responding to the scene located two victims, both adult males. The individuals were located in the street and on the sidewalk.  The location is not adjacent to any inhabited residences

One victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition and the second victim was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday, the Marion County Coroner identified the deceased as Maurice Nash.

IMPD Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and worked to locate forensic evidence, video evidence, and attempt to speak with any potential witnesses in the area. Preliminary investigation does not lead police to believe this was a random act.

“This doesn’t appear to be a random act. We can’t go into the details of what detectives know at this time, but I can tell you it does not appear to be random,” said IMPD Public Information Officer Lt. Shane Foley.

No arrests have been announced and police said detectives are working to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting, which marks the city’s 253rd homicide of 2021.

“We recognize this is a violent year, particularly with homicides and nonfatal shootings and our officers and detectives are doing everything they can to identify those responsible,” said Foley.

“This is not something that the police are going to be able to solve alone. This is something that we’re going to need assistance for from other parts from other parts of our community justice system and our community,” Foley added.

“Certainly I would echo that message that police are conveying, that people that have information ought to come forward,” said Reverend Charles Harrison, board president, Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition.

Harrison is also senior pastor at Barnes United Methodist Church, located around the corner from where Sunday’s deadly shooting took place.

“It’s a tough area. I mean to be honest with you, 29th and MLK is one of the toughest areas in the city,” said Harrison.

IMPD has responded to several shootings on Eugene St. since late August including three other deadly shootings and another that left a man critically injured.

On Aug. 29, IMPD officers responded to a report of a shooting in the early morning hours in the 500 block of Eugene St. Officers arrived and found the victim, a 28-year-old man, suffering from several gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Four days later, on Sept. 2, IMPD officers responded to the 800 block of Eugene St. for a report of a shooting. Officers found a man suffering from injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Three weeks later, on Sept. 24, a 36-year-old woman was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting after she allegedly drew a gun from her waistband during an encounter with officers. That incident was reported in the 500 block of Eugene Street.

On Oct. 8, police responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Eugene St. and located a 28-year-old man inside a vehicle, who had been shot. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries.

Harrison said the Ten Point Coalition patrols the area near 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets for several hours a week, working to target and reduce juvenile violence, but believes there is a much greater issue at hand involving adult violence and feels it will take the entire community working together to address the problem.

“Everybody has to care because if you don’t care, if you don’t get involved, then the next time it could be your loved one, it could be your neighbor, or your friend that is the victim of this violence,” said Harrison.

Harrison said it is also frustrating when people have information on crimes but will not come forward and provide information so that those involved can be held accountable.

“The streets are already talking, so we’re already hearing what may have happened, who was involved in it, the problem is, that information doesn’t get to the police so the police can make an arrest in what just happened on Eugene Street. That’s what’s so frustrating because I think we have a good idea and police have a good idea, but unless they get a witness, they cannot arrest a person or persons involved and bring them to justice,” said Harrison.

He hopes people will realize the impact these crimes are having on the victims, families and loved ones impacted by the violence.

“No one wants to get that phone call. No one wants to go to that scene and to see your loved one out there laying on the ground, regardless of what they may have done,” said Harrison. “We have to care and if we don’t care, this is only going to get worse in this city.”

“For those who are listening, those on the streets, this is not the way and please stop using violence as a mean to settle your beefs by killing individuals or injuring them,” Harrison added.

IMPD also said chaplains with the department responded to the scene Sunday night to assist.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call detective Brian Lambert at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475.

You can also call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, where you will remain anonymous, by dialing 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

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