UPDATE: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the woman died on July 19 due to injuries she sustained on July 9.
INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating after someone shot a woman and set her on fire on Indy’s near west side.
Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Medford Avenue just after 5 a.m. for a report of a person shot. That’s near the corner of 10th Street and N. Tibbs Avenue.
Police found the victim in an alley and rushed her to the hospital in critical condition. Police and neighbors are still trying to figure out what led up to that violence.
Early morning gunfire awoke some neighbors, who quickly learned a woman had fallen victim to a horrendous crime.
“We heard about 6 to 8 shots and the police came and said someone had shot a woman and set her on fire,” said neighbor Keri Jordan.
“We believe that she was set on fire with an accelerant and then someone attempted to shoot her,” said IMPD officer Genae Cook.
Police say no arrests have been made, but because of the unusual nature of the violence, they believe the suspect and victim likely knew each other.
“We believe this was a personal type of crime based on the severity of this,” said Cook.
“I don’t have any idea who did it or why, but I feel bad for the woman,” said Jordan.
Keri says she saw a car drive away from the scene.
She doesn’t know why the crime would have taken place near her home and she agrees with police that the situation doesn’t seem to be random, because while shootings take place every day in Indianapolis, very few involve a victim being lit on fire.
“It’s very scary when they shoot you and burn you up at the same time. That means someone really didn’t like her,” said Jordan.
Police did not have any detailed suspect information to release, but anyone with information on the case can contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.