Police make arrest in 2016 road rage shooting death

Christopher Zinn, 45
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - IMPD detectives have made an arrest in a fatal road rage shooting near downtown last November.

Officers picked up 45-year-old Christopher Zinn around 1 p.m. Friday and brought him in for questioning. A short time later, detectives arrested him on a preliminary charge of murder in the death of 25-year-old Reginald Hendricks.

"Prayers were answered. Just very glad, yes," said Hendricks' aunt, Nikki Kelley.

Zinn allegedly fired his gun from his car into Reginald Hendricks' van on Michigan Street near downtown last November 14. Hendricks, an aspiring rap music and lyrics writer, was hit in the head. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital and died two weeks later.

Right after, police released a security camera video from several businesses showing a red Nissan Altima or similar type car driving erratically, racing from the scene.

Police also released the sketch of the shooter they were looking for. A white male with a full red beard and now, the man they've arrested.

"I didn't think he was ever going to get caught so this is good to know," said Hendricks' cousin, Briana Kelley.

Nikki Kelley says "it's been hard" for the victim's family.

"A lot of changes, honestly. Especially with the parents. Losing their only son. It's really hard. And it's hard on everyone," she said.

In the suspect's east side neighborhood, it's hard for some neighbors to believe.And over in the suspects Eastside neighborhood, hard for some neighbors to believe.

"Chris's is cool. He just takes care of his kids and stuff," said Dakota Jones.

We asked another neighbor, "Does it sound like him?"

"Not at all," they replied. Not at all. Chris is an incredibly incredibly awesome person."

"I have no idea about any of that, but that is crazy," Jones added.

Another neighbor told us the suspect had a temper and once was heard threatening to shoot someone.

Now, with a suspect in custody, it will be in the hands of the courts.

"This might be the hardest part. It's really hard having to relive it again. But I'm glad. I'm very glad he's off the streets," Nikki Kelley said.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will determine final charges against Zinn.

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