1 dead, 1 injured after 2 shootings reported within 30 minutes in Indianapolis


Near northwest side shooting on 9/11/2019 (Photo by Greg Wilkerson)

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UPDATE: Indianapolis Metro Police have determined the victim dropped off at Community East Hospital at 5:17 p.m. was involved in an accidental shooting. A preliminary police report indicates the male victim accidentally shot himself.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis police responded to three separate shootings within a half hour Wednesday evening, including one in which the victim died.

First, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were called to Community East Hospital at 5:17 p.m. A victim was dropped off there and is said to be awake and breathing.

Second, IMPD officers responded to the 1500 block of West. 23rd St. on a report of a person shot at 5:27 p.m. The victim, a 19-year-old man, was located and transported to an area hospital in critical condition but later died. The coroner’s office identified him as Javon Bertram.

Police say Bertram was found inside a vehicle suffering from at least one gunshot wound and at least one other person was in the car. That person was questioned by police. The motive in the shooting is unknown at this time.

Lastly, police were called at 5:46 p.m. to Eskenazi Hospital, where a shooting victim walked in. IMPD has not yet provided a condition for that person.

IMPD says no connection is being made at this time regarding the three shooting.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

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