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Police arrested 44-year-old John May II in connection with the shooting. The person shot, 27-year-old Timothy Lewis II, has died.


INDIANAPOLIS — A man is fighting for his life at a local hospital following a shooting Sunday afternoon on the city’s near southeast side.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to the 1600 block of Harlan Street for a report of a person shot shortly after 3 p.m.

“You would think something would happen at night, but crime doesn’t take time of day,” said resident Jessica Noel. “It’s very unfortunate to know that something happened this close and in broad daylight.”

When officers arrived they found 27-year-old Timothy Lewis II suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was last listed in critical condition, police said.

Investigators with IMPD and the Marion County Forensic Services Agency were on scene for several hours, with the area blocked off near the intersection of Harlan St. and East Minnesota St.

“This is so scary,” Noel said. “I’m not used to the violence and when it happens a half a block away from your house, it’s very scary.”

Noel said while she’s not used to seeing something like this so close to home, she has become used to other activity in the neighborhood that keeps her up at night, worrying for her safety and the safety of those around her.

“At least two, three times a night we hear sirens,” Noel said. “You hear what you think maybe is gunshots and it’s fireworks or fireworks and it’s gunshots.”

Neighbors who spoke with FOX59 at the scene said the area is filled with families and children and they worry about what could happen if someone is caught in the crossfire.

“I see them all over the neighborhood and it’s very scary to think a bullet – a stray bullet – can come and hurt that baby or that kid, or myself, you know,” Noel said. “I’m innocent, I don’t do anything.”

“There’s a lot of kids, a lot of older people that’s lived in the neighborhood for years,” echoed William Bartholomew. “I mean, this is their home.”

Bartholomew said he’s noticed a shift in the neighborhood over the last few years.

“The neighborhood has always been kind of rough, but in the last few years, it’s gotten to where day or night, you never know what’s gonna happen around here,” he said. “Unfortunately the businesses right here were locally owned by people who lived in the neighborhood that were older in age. With them passing away, families just sold out and it seems like the empty businesses and houses, just seems like the riff-raff has gotten worse.”

Bartholomew, like Noel, said he hopes that people will respect the safety of others and push for positive change in the neighborhood.

“Just stop. It’s not worth it. Somebody’s life is more valuable,” Noel said. “Just stop. It’s horrible to see the crime continuing to happen when we’re just trying to live our day.”

IMPD has not announced any arrests as of 10 p.m. Sunday. Police ask anyone with information to call IMPD Aggravated Assault Detectives at (317) 327-3475. You can also call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana anonymously at (317) 262-8477 (TIPS).