INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis police are continuing to investigate the city’s latest homicide after a man was found shot to death outside a business Wednesday morning.
Police responded to the 400 block of South Kitley Avenue around 8:30 a.m. An employee discovered the victim lying near a loading dock after arriving to work at Trinity Metals.
The victim was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He’s been identified as 22-year-old Daniel Gaiter.
Detectives are working to figure out what led up to the violence, but the location is making that a challenge. So far there don’t appear to be any witnesses to the shooting.
“This is an industrial area. There’s not a lot of residents that live around here, so this is unoccupied in the evening,” said IMPD officer Genae Cook.
Investigators don’t know how long the body had been outside the business before being discovered.
Police are reviewing surveillance video from the area to see if there’s any evidence about when the shooting took place and who may be responsible, but they still need the public’s help.
“We ask anyone that may have seen anything overnight or early morning or any information at all, please call,” said Cook.
The death brings the total number of homicides around Indianapolis this year to 55, with 45 cases being criminal murders. In comparison, last year on the same date the city had 66 homicides. Sixty of those cases were considered murders.
“We are encouraged for the first five months that the numbers are down,” said Rev. Charles Harrison with the Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition.
If those figures hold up over the next seven months, the city wouldn’t break a murder record for the first time in several years. Still community leaders know that’ll only happen if everyone stays vigilant.
“We cannot stop it all, but we can at least bring the numbers down so we won’t be breaking criminal homicide records in the city,” said Harrison. “We cannot let what we’re saying today, that the numbers are down, cause us to get complacent, because they can change very quickly.”
Police encourage anyone with information on the death along Kitley to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).