ANDERSON, Ind. — Just a day after police said a man walked into a gas station and shot a customer, officers now say an arrest has been made.
Anderson Police said 33-year-old Bernard M. Stidhum of Anderson was arrested Thursday night for his role in the shooting.
According to the Anderson Police Department, the shooting happened at 5:45 p.m. at a Conoco gas station located at 1002 Nichol Avenue.
Officers reported arriving on scene and finding a 28-year-old man, Aundre Nell Qua Maine Diamond, inside the gas station suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Indianapolis in critical condition.
Investigators determined that the gunman entered the gas station and fired upon the victim before fleeing the area in a vehicle.
Stidhum was arrested Thursday night when a SWAT team came to a home on the 1500 block of W. 4th St. Police said Stidhum came out without incident.
Amanda Kelley goes to that Conoco every day after work, she said she was surprised to hear about the shooting.
”I have no problem here, everybody is super nice, very friendly, we help each other out here,” she said.
She was driving to the Conoco Wednesday for her nightly trip just after the shooting happened.
”It was just cops everywhere, everything taped off,” Kelley said. “So, obviously I knew something happened.”
Krista Remington is also a frequent customer at the Conoco. She said it was scary to see police tape around her favorite gas station.
”My daughter could have been in there with me because she comes with me when I go in and that’s a scary thought because I wouldn’t know what to do,” Remington said.
Despite those concerns, both women said they still feel safe at the gas station.
”Still feel safe here, I still feel safe in the neighborhood, but gunshots kind of scary when you have a kid,” Remington said.
Police have not said at this time if the shooting is believed to be targeted or a random act of violence.
The Anderson Police Department is asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact Detective Ryan Prado at (765) 648-6755 or call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS to remain anonymous.