Police identify man arrested near Broad Ripple shooting that injured seven

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Indianapolis Metro Police have arrested 23-year-old Lawrence Jones of Indianapolis for possession of a handgun without a license after a Saturday morning shooting in Broad Ripple that left seven people injured. However, the suspect responsible for the shooting is still at large, police say, and Jones, a convicted felon, has not been charged in connection with the shootings.

One of the shooting victims is in critical condition. IMPD says all seven were innocent bystanders who had nothing to do with an argument between two people that led to gunfire. 

The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. in Broad Ripple.  A North District IMPD officer heard multiple shots fired in the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue.  Shortly after hearing the shots, the officer found multiple people on Broad Ripple Avenue between College and Guilford Avenues who had been hit by the gunfire.

Six men and one woman were injured. Two of the shooting victims are being treated at St. Vincent Hospital, with one in critical condition and another in fair condition. Officials say no one else has life-threatening injuries. 

Detectives are interviewing each of the victims and a person of interest to determine exactly what occurred. The shooting started after an argument amid Fourth of July festivities - and may have been as simple as two people bumping into each other as they waited to get into a club.

Broad Ripple Avenue between College and Guilford was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for much of the morning. By 9:00 am, roads were back open again and police and fire crews were cleaning up. However, some businesses will be closed for the day, including the Chase Bank on Broad Ripple Ave.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the IMPD Homicide office at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information shared via Crime Stoppers of Indiana is considered anonymous.

Several witness report a scene of chaos around 2:30 Saturday morning.

"I heard a lot of people run inside really quick. I ran out to see what was going on and then somebody said somebody started firing off shots, so we walked around the corner to see what was going on and there were like people stampeding out and just fire trucks and ambulances in like 20 cops cars came just rushing in. It was pretty intense," Bradley Knight told Eyewitness News.

He says people went running in multiple directions right after the shooting.

"It was definitely a scene of chaos. There was just people like panicking to get out of here," Knight said.

It's made him fear for his safety in the normally peaceful neighborhood.

"A gas station has been robbed right across the street from our house several times so it is hard just think about going out at night sometimes you never know what's going to happen," Knight said.

Those who live nearby are also on edge.

"It was shocking to see something like this happen out here," said Broad Ripple resident Brendon Cammack.

He lives close to the crime scene.

"I did not see any suspects it was just like the streets were so crowded and the cops are definitely coming and taking care of the scene but it was chaotic out here. We live right behind the bars so it is scary to see something like this hit this close to home because you know the suspect could have run straight to where we live it's just so close to us its scary," Cammack said.

Residents hope police are able to quickly solve the case and that people will put the guns down.

"It's just really scary because that's a really large number of people especially when you're just out in a place like Broad Ripple you feel safe and you're out drinking with your friends you don't want to have to worry about safety and walking around and people shooting you," Andile Ndlovu said.

"It's kind of hard because this is such a great place with so many opportunities and then these things happen and they kind of foreshadow what it could be and no one wants to be around that so its kinda hard to be optimistic when those kind of things happen," Andrew Garnes said.

A number of businesses were impacted by the shooting.  Two nearby banks were forced to close for either part or all of Saturday due to roads leading up to the bank being shut down.

The owner of Sasha's Jewelry arrived to work Saturday morning to find a large bullet hole in his all-glass front door.

"I come over and I have a hole in this side," Tsalya Khitlik said.

He's owned the business of 37 years.

"When I open the door, that's when it all comes back and shatters," he said.

The glass shattered, leaving a huge mess, and a long wait to get it repaired.

"The other way [to fix the window] is to live here," he laughed as he tried to find humor in the situation.