INDIANAPOLIS – Four people were shot in Broad Ripple early Friday morning; the man accused of firing his handgun told authorities he did it in self-defense.
The shooting happened before 3 a.m. near the intersection of Broad Ripple and College avenues. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Linda Jackson said the initial investigation revealed the situation started because of a girl. Detectives arrested Tristan Crayton, 28, on charges of battery with injury and criminal recklessness.
“It would appear an individual in Mr. Crayton’s group had a relationship with somebody known to the individual in the second group, (which is) the group that came out of the nightclub and attacked him,” Jackson said.
Joshua Settles was in Broad Ripple that morning. While he didn’t see or hear the shooting, he helped a victim.
“Shortly after we had left HotBox, these guys came around the corner and one (claimed) that he had been shot,” Settles said.
Settles immediately helped that victim.
“He had wounds all the way through his lower arm. So, I immediately took my shirt off. (I) bandaged that wound up and then applied a tourniquet and then talked to the other guy and made sure he was all right,” Settles said.
According to detectives, Crayton was at RA Niteclub on College Avenue. Jackson said his friend got into a fight with another man and that is why they were kicked out. As Crayton tried to get his friends into a car, he said the other men rushed him and his friends. Crayton’s friend was punched in the face.
Jackson said Crayton then fired his handgun, hitting the three people who assaulted him. A fourth person was struck by a stray bullet; police described him as an innocent bystander unrelated to the dispute.
“From the outside, no matter how you want to look at how the altercation evolved between Group A with Mr. Crayton and the other group, there was a fourth victim here. (He) knew nothing about any of these people that was injured. (He was) shot, during the course of this incident. So, at the very least, that I’m sure has to be taken into consideration and looked at,” Jackson said.
Crayton flagged down an officer and, detectives said, he told that person he was the shooter and where to find the handgun. He told the officer he opened fire because he was defending himself. Crayton has a lifetime permit to carry. The case remains under investigation.