Series of Indianapolis shootings leaves 2 men dead in less than 2 hours


INDIANAPOLIS – Two people died in a series of shootings just hours apart in Indianapolis.

Police were first called to an alley near Washington and Colorado on the east side where they found a teen shot to death.

Ninety minutes later, police were called to a home on Madison Avenue on the near south side.

Police believe the victim in the deadly shooting on Madison was inside his home when bullets tore through the outside walls. He was identified as 42-year-old Jose Tellez.

The sound of gunshots ripping holes in the siding and shattering a window on this home startled neighbors.

“It was way more than one shot and it was fast,” said neighbor Christy Porter.

When Porter stepped outside to see what happened overnight, the victim’s wife tearfully explained that he had been shot while cooking a meal.

Several women were also in the house along with a small child but were not injured.

“She was like, ‘I don’t know what happened. All I know is he was warming up chicken,’ and that’s all I got besides the hysteria which I can understand,” said Porter.

“He was inside the residence when the shooting took place and information does show that the shots did come from outside,” said IMPD officer Samone Burris.

Christy insists her neighbors had always been friendly and the constant violence remains a source of frustration.

“They were both always very nice to us. It’s just sad,” said Porter. “I told my mom I’ve got to go.  I’ve got to get out of here somehow.”

The deadly shootings marked the 161st homicide of the year. Last year on the same date, the city had seen 114 homicides and we didn’t reach 161 until early December.

The night also saw several non-fatal shootings. The most recent shooting was reported around 4:30 a.m.

Indianapolis Metropolis police said a person was shot in the 1300 block of E. Bradbury Avenue. The person was in serious condition, police said.

Another shooting was reported around 1 a.m. on South Delaware Street between Meridian and Madison Avenue on the near south side.

Police said a man heard a noise outside and went to investigate. He then saw two people who started shooting at him; the man had a gun and fired back.

Police didn’t know if the people on the other side of the street were hit; they took off before officers arrived. The other man was hit and is expected to survive.

The shootings remain under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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