INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 26, 2015) - Five people are recovering after being shot at a party near IUPIU's campus early Sunday morning.
Police responded to the Tyler Apartments in the 1200 block of Indiana Avenue just after 1:15 a.m. after a report of a disturbance in the building. When they arrived, officers say they heard gunshots coming from inside the apartment building.
Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say it started after an altercation between two females over an alleged stolen cell phone. An argument broke out between two groups of people from two parties that were happening in the building at the same time. The fight spilled into the hallway, where two groups of males began to fire handguns.
At some point a 911 call was made, and as officers arrived, they immediately came into contact with a group of armed men. Police say the men started shooting at the officers, and that's when officers began to fire back.
Two people were found at the scene and were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital. They are believed to have been shot during the original fight.
Shortly after, three other men arrived at Eskenazi Hospital with gunshot wounds. Investigators believe they were involved in the gun battle with police. However, it is unclear at this point if they were shot by officers or during the original gunfire prior to the officers' arrival. The three men were treated and released from the hospital.
Police say two guns were recovered at the scene, and one more was found in the car of the three men at Eskenazi.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance video as they continue to piece all of the details together. Names and ages of the victims have not yet been released. The officers involved in this incident have been placed on paid administrative leave pending this investigation.