Man arrested after shots fired in vicinity of federal courthouse

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Marcus Fennell

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UPDATE (Nov. 9, 2018)– Marcus Fennell was sentenced to 126 months, or more than 10 years, for his role in the shooting.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 8, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police dispatchers said shots were fired Thursday morning in the vicinity of the federal courthouse.

The shooting happened around 8:20 a.m. at the bus stop on Ohio Street. U.S. Marshals were among the first to contact Indianapolis Metropolitan police about the incident. Officers arrived to find people running in the area, though they didn’t see a gun. They noticed a man in a black hoodie running west to Meridian and then north. Police detained him to determine his involvement.

Witnesses said a second man in camo shorts was bragging about firing a shot and hid the gun. He was last seen walking toward Capitol. Police believe the incident may have started as an altercation at the bus stop on Michigan and Meridian streets.

Marcus Fennell was arrested and preliminarily charged with:

  • Manufacture/dealing in marijuana/hashish/salvia
  • Possession/cultivation of marijuana/hashish/salvia
  • Criminal recklessness with weapon or causing serious bodily injury
  • Pointing a loaded firearm at another person

In addition, Fennell faces federal charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Federal charges include being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a weapon in the commission of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Investigators said the shots were not directed at the courthouse, though they were in the vicinity. No one was hurt in the incident, IMPD said.

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