Second arrest made in Indianapolis taxi driver shooting
Indianapolis Metro Police now have two people in custody in connection with the shooting of an Indianapolis Yellow Cab driver Monday night.
Landon Tompkins, 18, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting of cab driver Ricardo White.
Also, a 16-year-old male was arrested Wednesday morning after searching a home in the 2700 block of Fredonia Road. Police also seized four guns at the home after serving a search warrant.
Police say each teen shot White just before 11:00 pm Monday near 38th street and Guion Road.
Officers were called to the 3400 block of Sherburne Circle on the report of a person shot. When they arrived, they found the male cab driver with gunshot wounds. He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition.
Surveillance video from inside the cab that shows the two suspects generated dozens of tips to Metro Police.
"This says a lot about our community and their willingness to work with the police department to solve problems. Our detectives received many calls from the public and from our officers; both provided valuable information which led to these arrests," IMPD Lt. Christopher Bailey said in a statement. "We hope these arrests provide some comfort to the victim, his family, and the city."
The juvenile suspect faces a preliminary charge of attempted murder and is being held at Juvenile Detention Facility.
"I just simply pray for the family, because I know they're going through some tough times," said Antonio White.
Even as his brother lies in a hospital bed recovering from gunshot wounds to the face and torso, White has sympathy for the suspects.
"He had been shot in the torso and an area of the face. And I can only imagine what the result of that would look like," Antonio White said.
But he has questions about what happened Monday night near W. 38th Street and Guion Road. Why the suspects, who stole nothing, would shoot his brother Ricardo, who he calls "Rick."
"I don't know anybody who would want to hurt my older brother Rick. He's not involved in any kind of drugs, gangs or any kind of violence whatsoever," said White.
The shooting Monday was the second apparent random act of violence his family has experienced in recent months.
Antonio says he's glad police have both men off the streets so they can't hurt others.
"I personally would like to forgive these two for what they did. Some people think of vengeance and hate. Hate doesn't help these situations at all. Really doesn't make anything better," he said.
On August 28, Antonio and Ricardo's younger brother was shot in the leg during a robbery near W. 26th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Two 17-year-olds were convicted in connection with that crime. In less than five months, two brothers were both victims of gun violence.
"Just to keep trusting in God to keep protecting us. Thank goodness no one is dead, my younger brother, he's going through physical therapy," explained White. "And for my older brother Rick, he will be healing up to normal soon."
Metro Police continue to receive tips about the second suspect, who remains at large. Indianapolis Yellow Cab is still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of both suspects.
The surveillance video from inside the cab shows the two male suspects getting in.
One suspect asks, "What's up sir?"
The driver responds, "Not much. Where you all heading?"
The suspect replies, "Uh, 38th and Martin Luther King."
About ten seconds later, according to Yellow Cab administrators, at least two shots are fired. When police arrived around 10:45 Monday night near 38th and Guion Road at the entrance to an apartment complex, the 34-year-old driver was outside of the cab. Nothing had been taken.
"Frankly, I don't really know at this time, why or what the motivation," said Yellow Cab of Indianapolis Operations Manager Tim Neville. "At this point, what we look at is this is an act of violence...and a senseless act of violence at that."
The driver was dispatched to pick up the suspects, so it's unlikely they knew him.
"We know that someone out there is going to know these individuals," said Neville.
"They shot a good guy. Very good guy. Give you the shirt off his back," said neighbor and apartment manager Dave Williams, who has known the driver for about two years. "We've got elderly ladies living here. He'd take their groceries in. I mean, he even gave people rides in his cab, run them down to the store for free."
Yellow Cab installed surveillance cameras in each of its vehicles last year after several armed robberies. Now they hope the images captured last night will help capture two violent suspects.
"That's pitiful, man. They just need to be caught, whoever it is," said Williams.
We talked with some Indianapolis taxi cab drivers Wednesday morning. One driver didn't want to go on camera, but did say that the general sense is that Indianapolis is just as safe as any other city. He told Eyewitness News there is just an unfortunate risk at any point in time when driving a cab, with the greatest chance for trouble, coming at night. "The risk is always there," he says, "It's sad".
Police say detectives no longer need tips in this case. Callers who wish to share information should call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).