Neighbors stunned by Noblesville shooting, standoff

SWAT officers set up outside the suspect's home for four hours Monday.
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Residents of a Noblesville neighborhood say they could never have imagined the random shooting, police standoff and suicide that took place on their street Monday afternoon.

It started when Tricia Wagner was shot by her next door neighbor, Nicholas Proctor, as she walked to the mailbox on Cerulean Drive in the Meadows Glen subdivision.

"If I wish hard enough, this won't happen, you know? It's just not real. You just don't think of it as real," Wagner said. "I think 'He's not really going to shoot me' and he, you know, raised the gun and shot. I was shocked."

The shooting was followed by a standoff with SWAT officers before Proctor took his own life.

The incident sent shockwaves through the quiet subdivision. Tuesday, the only sign that something went wrong is a hole in a window of Proctor's house and neighbors asking what led to the shooting.

Tim Connor rides his bike through the neighborhood twice a day. In 15 years, he says he has never experience anything like Monday's violence.

"It's kind of disturbing to everyone, I believe. The neighborhood is just not used to that kind of violence," he said. "It's kind of hard to believe that something like that happened in this neighborhood. It's shocking."

As SWAT officers learned details from Wagner about how her neighbor shot her before barricading himself in his own house.

"I was scared and thought, 'What is it going to be like if he kills me?'" Wagner said.

After the shooting, several neighbors gathered nearby to watch how the standoff would end. Connor could hear SWAT officers making their move, shooting tear gas through a window.

"We just kept hearing, 'Boom, boom, boom, boom'," he said. "I guess it was the task force shooting stuff through the windows."

The subdivision does have crime watch signs posted, but there has been little to no crime here. But this is a wake-up call for his quiet neighborhood.

"I guess this neighborhood is not any safer than any other neighborhood," Connor said.

Wagner says she was aware of problems in the Proctor home, but she never expected it would lead to gunfire.