One man dead after east side shooting

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Police are investigating a shooting that left an Indianapolis man dead Friday morning near 31st Street and North Gladstone Avenue on the city's east side.

35-year-old Earnest P. Drake III was shot many times and he died at Eskenazi Health.

He was found inside a fence at a friend's home at around 4:30 am.

The weapon was found at the scene.

Police say witnesses have been uncooperative.

Drake, police say, was involved with other police investigations. Police don't believe it was a random shooting, and they say there's a possible narcotics connection.

Detectives urge anyone with information to call homicide detectives at (317) 327-3475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS(8477) or text "274637" (CRIMES) with information or text "888777" keyword "IMPD".