INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a murder attempted suicide on Indianapolis’ south side Tuesday afternoon.
IMPD officers were dispatched to the 5800 block of South Madison Avenue on the report of a person shot just after 3 p.m. When officers arrived they found a 89-year-old man with suspected gunshot wound to the head. EMS personnel were notified and pronounced the subject deceased. In close proximity a second victim, 71, was located also suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the face.
“It’s odd. I wouldn’t think anything like that would happen,” said Don Dearth, a witness. “They really didn’t show any concern for anybody else. Bullets can bounce off walls and be stray. They could have taken somebody’s life other than just their own.”
The shooter was transported to Eskenazi Health where he remains in critical condition. Witnesses stated observing the vehicle occupied by the deceased circle the parking lot several times prior to hearing the shots.
It appeared the two men may have orchestrated the crime together. A suicide note was found at the scene.
“We don’t know who wrote the note but it does appear both of the individuals were corroborating with each other and planned the whole thing,” said Officer Christoper Wilburn of IMPD. “The individual left behind notes in the effect of the pain and suffering they wanted to end. They wanted to do it in a very public place.”
Detectives are gathering additional evidence and interviewing witnesses. The names of the victims are being withheld pending positive identification and notification to family members.
This is an active investigation and detectives urge anyone with information reference this incident to call the police at 317.327.3475 or CRIME STOPPERS at 317.262.TIPS (8477). Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627(CRIMES).