INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 5, 2014) –It was a violent start to the holiday weekend in Indianapolis. Seven people were shot along the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue. It happened just after 2 a.m.
Lt. Chris Bailey said there are seven victims, six male and one female. Police identified the victims as:
- Marcus Clayton, 23, taken to St. Vincent in critical condition
- Dontay Vincent, 23, taken to St. Vincent in fair condition
- Antell Garnett, 28, taken to Eskenazi Health; treated and released
- Duran Simmons, 23, taken to Eskenazi Health; treated and released
- Betty Antwi, 23, taken to IU Health Methodist; condition unknown
- Stacy Lamont Griffin, 23, taken to IU Health Methodist; condition unknown
- Joshua Kyner, 26, treated and released at scene; later went to Community Hospital East
“I’m told there were quite a few people out walking down Broad Ripple on a typical Friday night bouncing from bar to bar to bar. Someone opens fire in a crowd like that, we are lucky there weren’t more people hurt,” said Bailey.
Police took one person of interest into custody for questioning but there was no word on what led up to the violence, and no witnesses besides the victims. Police shut down Broad Ripple Avenue from College Avenue to Guilford after the shooting, and were focusing much of their attention in an alley between two banks on Broad Ripple Avenue. Police also recovered several bullet casings on the sidewalk in front of local shops.
David Bradshaw was walking on Broad Ripple Avenue when he heard the shots.
“I heard this commotion and didn’t think anything of it. I turned away for like a split second and turned back around and started hearing gun shots about five or six gun shots. Then, I started to see people fall on the ground,” said Bradshaw.
Police say other than the victims, there were no witnesses. Cameron Halberstadt works at one of the bars nearby. He describes the scene as “pure chaos.”
“It’s people causing problems, they come out and that’s their main goal. I feel they come out and they have a certain goal, and it’s not to have a good time and it’s not to hang out with their friends. They come out to cause issues and it’s unfortunate that it happens,” said Halberstadt.
“People just started scattering everywhere. People were like, ‘He’s got a gun, he’s got a gun.’ We took off running and hiding behind the vehicles. One guy was shot in the leg and we gave him some paper towels to put on it,” said Bradshaw.
It was a busy night for police. Just hours before this shooting, two other people were shot on the east side. Police responded to calls of shots fired around 11:45 p.m., and found two women hit, one a juvenile, in the 3700 block of Brentwood Avenue. That’s near 38th and Post Road.
Anyone with information about either incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).