IMPD releases mug shot of suspect in fatal clothing store shooting
Metro Police have arrested two people in connection with a deadly shooting at an Indianapolis clothing store on Sunday.
Prosecutors are now deciding on possible charges for 18-year-old Deaundre Graves and 17-year-old Jeffrey Rhodes. (Rhodes has been waived to adult court.)
One person was killed and another injured when gunfire rang out inside Body Gear near the intersection of 38th and Rural on the Indianapolis northeast side Sunday afternoon. The incident appears to stem from a shoplifting incident that turned deadly in a matter of seconds.
A worker, 36-year-old Ho Lee of Noblesville, was shot in the head and later died during surgery. A shopper, 19-year-old Diamond Slaughter, was shot in the in the leg. She is expected to recover.
Ho Lee is believed to be a friend of the family in town to help with the business.
Police say a group of people went into the store and started stealing merchandise when they were confronted by Lee and shots were fired.
"You're living here in this city - it's a nice city. Why kill, shoot, rob, steal when you don't need to? Get a job," said Robert Kendrick with the Ten Point Coalition.
Police are still looking for up to four other people who may have been involved. There were so many witnesses, police brought in an IndyGo bus to take all of them to police headquarters to give their statements.
The shooting was the fifth in 16 hours, after a rash of violence overnight.
Last year, Indianapolis had 125 homicides - the most the Circle City had seen in seven years. This year, violence is on track to outpace even that.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). You can also text your tip to 274627 (CRIMES). Just make sure to include "INDYCS" in the body of the text.