IMPD identifies victim in fatal northeast Indianapolis shooting

Carlos Jefferson
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Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting on the northeast side of Indianapolis last night.

The shooting was reported around 10:20 p.m. in the 3600 block of Lesley Avenue, near 34th and Emerson. Police working an operation nearby heard the gunfire a few blocks away.

Officers arriving at the scene found a male victim, later identified as 43-year-old Carlos Jefferson of Indianapolis, dead in the driveway of apparent gunshot wounds.

A crowd of at least 50 people, friends and family of the victim, formed quickly after the shooting. Emotions among the group ran high, with many tears and much grief.

Jefferson's brother says he never expected something like this to happen.

"Within my family now, it seems like the trauma is really getting worse and closer to my home," said Pastor Derrick Jefferson. "This is the one time I really question God. Why Carlos out of all the other people. So I really didn't understand this one."

What he does understand is the heartache families experience behind violent crime. His nephew, Carlos Jefferson Jr., the victim's son, was shot and killed February 1 in the 3400 block of Hovey Street.

After losing his brother and nephew to gun violence, Jefferson is not only praying that people realize that crime has no respect of persons, but also that the person responsible is caught and held accountable.

Police were initially looking for a black Pontiac G6 that may have fled the scene after the shooting. It was still unclear if the victim had a chance to defend himself.

"To this person, I pray that they would come forth," Jefferson said. "Just in the last few years, we have walked the street carrying caskets, asking who is next?"

The homicide rate in Indianapolis is up 20 percent this year from 2013. Police say 53 people have been killed in Indianapolis, 10 more than at this point last year.

Anyone with information in Jefferson's murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.