2 hospitalized after shooting outside Lafayette Square Mall

Indianapolis Area Crime

INDIANAPOLIS — Two people were wounded and both were listed in critical condition after a shooting in the parking lot of Lafayette Square Mall late Sunday afternoon.

Police say a suspect has been detained.

When IMPD officers responded to the report of shots fired around 4:45 p.m., they found blood on the pavement outside of the westside doors on the north end of the mall and at least seven shell casings.

Marwa Elnaim’s car was damaged by bullets.

“I hear the security, they say, ‘Guys, close, close.’ When I asked they said there was gun shooting outside. So when I got outside I see those yellow tapes and I see my car and I say, ’What’s wrong with my car?’ My car it has two bullets or something, one in the hood and one in the windshield.”

The rear window of a SUV parked nearby was also blown out by gunfire.

Minutes after the shooting, a dark vehicle rolled up to St. Vincent Hospital on West 86th Street and left behind two victims with gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, a couple miles west of the mall, in the 4500 block of Golden Meadow Drive, police reported two people jumped out of a vehicle and fled on foot behind Yolanda Brown’s house.

“We just saw people running through my backyard and it looked like two people in plain clothes and the police behind them,” said Brown. “It kind of worries me and we’ve got kids around… in those desperate situations people can come and get in your house and knock on your door.”

Police found two guns, shoes and a cell phone in the street in front of Brown’s house but officers returned from their foot chase minutes later emptyhanded.

Brown said even though the mall is in her neighborhood, she hasn’t been there in years.

“They call it Lafayette Scare for a reason,” she said.

Elnaim said she was at her store inside the mall last year when there was also gunfire in the parking lot.

“I never see something like this happening before. This is the first time in my life and actually I’m worried for my safety now because I consider here this is my home, this is my safest place ever,” she said, “so I love the place but I’m scared, very scared.”

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