Update: Indianapolis Metro Police Department charged a juvenile with reckless homicide in the fatal shooting from the Marriott parking garage Saturday night. The suspects name is not being released at this time. We will have more information as it becomes available.
Original: Just as a massive downtown security plan was close to wrapping up early Sunday morning, police say a 17-year-old was shot and killed inside a hotel parking garage.
The shooting death marked a violent end to what police have called a quiet weekend downtown.
Indianapolis Metro Police officers said the 17-year-old male was shot in the back in the Marriott parking garage downtown, next to the Courtyard. The victim was taken to Wishard Hospital in critical condition, where he died a short time later.
Lt. Chris Bailey said there wasn’t a large crowd downtown and no fights had been reported before the shooting, right around 3 a.m.
“There wasn’t a big disturbance or there wasn’t hundreds of people down in the parking garage,” Bailey said.
According to a police report, detectives detained five people ages 17-20 for questioning. Police had not named any suspects Sunday morning and no arrests had been made.
Officers tell Fox 59 they do not believe the shooting was related to the Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration, where security had been tightened following the deaths of several teenagers, including on the 4th of July. That event has been “problem free,” according to police.
“This was an unbelievably quiet weekend in downtown Indianapolis. We had very few issues if any tonight at all, and it’s sad that the night had to end like this,” Bailey said.
The victim’s identity has not yet been released. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-tips.