INDIANAPOLIS — Three people were injured in a shooting Monday afternoon on the city’s near east side, according to police.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said, just before 2 p.m., officers with Southeast District were called to the 1000 block of Churchman Avenue, near Woodlawn Ave., for a report of a person shot.
Officers who responded to the scene found three men with gunshot injuries, according to police. Medics with Indianapolis EMS (IEMS) transported the victims to area hospitals, where they were reportedly in stable condition.
“It’s so important that we get the information so that we can hold those accountable, responsible,” said IMPD Officer William Young, who also added, “it’s important that we hold ourselves accountable and responsible by not picking up a firearm and hurting someone.”
IMPD officers and aggravated assault detectives responded to the scene Monday afternoon and were canvassing the area and hoping to speak with anyone who may have heard or saw something.
Young said preliminary information gathered at the scene leads investigators to believe that the shooting occurred in the rear of a home currently under construction on Churchman Ave. and that the victims were approached by multiple suspects. The exact number of individuals believed to be involved is not clear at this time.
Cheyanne Martinez, who lives nearby, said she was working from home when the shooting happened.
“We heard these shots, and I was like is that gunshots during the day? We’re like, maybe it’s the nail gun because they’re doing construction on all these houses that are getting flipped around here,” said Martinez.
Martinez said she came outside and heard people yelling to call police, and then saw the injured victims, who she said appeared to be construction workers.
“I feel sorry for the guys that got shot,” Martinez shared.
Martinez said the neighborhood is full of families and children and she is glad none of them were hit by gunfire.
“There’s little kids that live right there, and they’re always outside playing and stuff,” said Martinez.
Neighbors who live in the area said they hear gunshots often and are concerned by the violence that’s hit too close to home in recent months, including a deadly shooting one street over, less than a month ago on Harlan Street.
“It’s pretty concerning,” said Joseph Wise, who is newer to the neighborhood. “Kind of keeps me on my toes about where we’re even going to park the car.”
Philip Quandt has lived in the area for several years and said he’s fed up with having to worry about what will happen next.
“It’s almost every other night we hear gunshots,” said Quandt. “Everybody’s getting frustrated. We’re hearing gunshots all the time in the city does nothing to crack down on it.”
Quandt said he would like to see more patrols in the area to hopefully deter any criminal activity or speeders, which he also said are causing major problems in the neighborhood.
“I’ll be out here working on my yard at night, and I’m nervous because I feel like I could get shot just working on my property,” Quandt said. “What’s disturbing, it’s not really even a certain time when crime starts happening. It’s any time.”
Police said no arrests had been made and were asking anyone with information, including neighbors who may have doorbell or other home security cameras, to take a look at those and see if they may have caught anything that could help investigators.
“Hopefully they catch them and arrest them,” said Martinez.
Anyone with information is being encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or IMPD Aggravated Assault Detectives at 317-327-3475.