Elderly man fatally shot in front of Zionsville home; multi-agency search underway for suspect

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – A multi-agency search is underway after a fatal shooting in Zionsville on Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, John Clements, 82, was outside on his driveway in the 600 block of Terrace Drive when he was shot at approximately 12:48 p.m. A neighbor called 911.

Clements was breathing when emergency personnel arrived, and police say it appears he was shot by a high-powered rifle. He later died as a result of his injuries at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Marion County.

Picture of scene in Zionsville where shooting occurred on September 28, 2016.
Picture of scene in Zionsville where shooting occurred on September 28, 2016.

Witnesses say they saw a black male driving a white Chevy Impala fleeing from the scene.

Police say it doesn’t appear that anything was taken from the home, and they are unsure whether the shooting was random or targeted.

Police say this is still a very active investigation with “hundreds of officers” looking for the suspect.

“This doesn’t happen every day. This is Zionsville,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin. “This has rattled us to the core.”

The shooting occurred about a half mile from Zionsville High School, and all schools were on lockdown for about two hours. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Zionsville did have a double murder within the city limits in early 2016, but before that the last murder in Zionsville dates back nearly two decades to 1997.


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