UPDATE: Muncie police announced Saturday night they have made an arrest in the shooting. 21-year-old Malek S. Williams has been taken in and now faces a preliminary charge of murder.
“While there are no suspects still at large, the Muncie Police Department is still actively investigating this crime,” a release said. The original story can be found below.
MUNCIE, Ind. — A teenager is dead after a shooting occurred overnight near Ball State University’s campus.
Just before 12:45 a.m., Muncie Police and Ball State PD responded to a call of shots fired near the 1500 block of West University Ave. This area, police said, is near the intersection of W. University Ave. and N. Dill St.
19-year-old Que’Aundre Johnson from Marion died as a result of this incident. He was taken to Ball Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“I think they shot off about seven or eight times,” witness Blake Edwards said.
Edwards was at Brothers Bar just across the street when the shooting happened.
“Everybody just started running inside or a lot of people were exiting out the back gate over there,” Edwards said. “People were decking down like hiding under whatever they could find.”
Freshman Cayden Ellis was hanging out in the area with a friend when he heard the shots ring out. He said everybody in the street scattered to avoid being hit.
“I did not want no bullet to hit me,” Ellis said. “I just had to run and that’s all I did. I didn’t even look back.”
FOX59 saw police return to the bar Saturday and investigators said surveillance video of the shooting is being reviewed.
Nearby business owners like Sean Tahtinen said there have been numerous shootings in the area before.
“It’s always a problem with this place or that gas station,” Tahtinen said. “It’s just scary. It’s worrisome.”
Tahtinen and others said they’d like to see a larger police presence in the area, especially on weekends.
“I just wish there was some way that the Ball State administration could offer them more incentive to be down here somehow,” Tahtinen said.
Classes are set to start on Monday and students were still moving-in on Saturday. Some students said they plan to still have fun, but will be keeping an eye out just in case.
“I’ll still be out here just got to keep an eye out for everything,” sophomore Robert Porter said. “Just don’t let your guard down.”
Muncie Police said Saturday that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and surveillance footage is under review.
Anyone with information about the shooting is being asked to call the MPD Detective Division at (765) 747-4867 or Muncie Police Dispatch at (765) 747-4838.
This is an ongoing investigation. We will continue to update this article as we receive more information.