IMPD responds to deadly shooting on the city’s west side

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police District is investigating a deadly shooting on the city’s west side.

Around 5:15 a.m. Saturday, IMPD officers responded to W. 38th St. and Lafayette Rd. on reports of multiple people shot. When officers arrived, they found two victims with gunshot wounds.

Shortly after, IMPD received a report of three additional people who walked into nearby hospitals with gunshot wounds.

IMPD spokesperson Shane Foley said a woman walked into St. Vincent and a man and a juvenile male walked into Eskenazi Hospital.

Foley said all three are expected to survive.

Braxtin Mickens works at R&R Extreme Wings, a restaurant near where the shooting happened. She said it was a surprise to drive into work and see the scene.

Mickens coworker, Dionna Anderson, said she saw the same thing.

”You don’t want to drive to work and see stuff like that either because then it makes you scared,” Anderson said.

Now police are hoping witnesses will come forward to help detectives figure out what happened.

“We’ve had tremendous success with members of the community coming forward and providing us information serving as witnesses which leads to the apprehension of individuals responsible for violent crimes and we’re hoping that’s the case today,” said Shane Foley.

Mickens and Anderson said the parking lot where the shooting happened is a popular place late at night and there is usually a food truck out there, but it’s never been a dangerous place.

”No problems, never had any problems, never saw any problems. That was new to me,” Anderson said.

Foley said there was a food truck near where the shooting happened.

“I don’t know if it was still open or if they had closed and were just hanging out afterward,” he said.

Both Mickens and Anderson agreed, a shooting like this is not something they’re used to in this area.

”It’s new over here. Violence over here, it doesn’t happen a lot,” Mickens said.

IMPD has not released the identity of the victim yet.

This article will be updated as more information is released.

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