Person shot downtown after fireworks show
Metro police continue to investigate the deadly shooting of a young man near the corner of Maryland Street and Meridian Street, shortly after the downtown fireworks show Thursday night.
Police have not identified the victim, who dispatchers said was shot in the stomach. However police did say the victim was a "juvenile male." He was taken to Wishard Hospital in critical condition shortly after 11:30 p.m. and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Detectives with IMPD's homicide unit are investigating the incident and hope to speak with several witnesses to the shooting. Detectives have not identified a suspect or suspects at this point in the investigation.
Angela Rizzo was downtown after the shooting. "It's really scary because we come here all the time," she said. "This is where all of the main bars are. This is where everyone likes to come and hang out, and the fact that this kind of stuff is happening where normally we'd feel safe is scary to think about."
Lydia Wells said the shooting spoiled her celebration, "I mean, that's pretty sad because we were down here, we were supposed to be down here enjoying the fireworks," she said. "You can't even do that without getting shot. Without getting murdered."
Leon Eggers said the shooting was uncalled for. "We don't need that in Indianapolis. We got a wonderful city, a great mayor. We got a lot of people coming back from corporations all across the country and they deserve to be in Indianapolis because it's a really nice place to be, (with) a lot of things to do and it's just a tragedy. So I will pray for the family."
"It's a pretty popular area right now and everybody likes to come downtown especially with the festivities and fireworks and just to hear that something as violent as that goes on is pretty scary to think that it's right there in your hometown or right downtown like that," said Jason Werner.
"They are interviewing a number of witnesses," said IMPD spokesman Kendale Adams, "and that process takes awhile." Adams expects more information to be made available by investigators later this morning. Tune in to Eyewitness News at noon for the latest developments.
Detectives are asking anyone that may have seen or heard anything to call IMPD at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477).
Callers may also text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).