Shooting victim recalls violent night in Indianapolis
Several people are recovering after a violent past 24 hours in Indianapolis.
Metro police responded to well over a half-dozen violent attacks, most of which included people shot. One of the victims talked with Eyewitness News about how he had to run for his life after two robbers attacked him.
"We were just talking about the church, saying 'This is what we need to do to get ourselves right'," said Jomell Sanderlin.
Sanderlin was talking with his best friend about life when they had a close encounter with death. They both suffered gunshot wounds after four men wearing masks jumped from a van, firing guns and demanding money.
"The car went that way first. The next thing you know, a car came out of nowhere, 'Skurr, boom, boom, give me your money!' And that was it. Shot just that fast, just hopped out, shot with a gun," Sanderlin recalled.
He was shot in the leg, one of several victims in the Circle City overnight.
Police placed more than a dozen evidence markers at 39th and Hillside, where five bullets struck one man who got a ride to the hospital.
In the 3100 block of Hovey Street, police found a 28-year-old shot in the chest. The same night, a 19-year-old flagged down officers after getting shot in the arm at 40th and Catherwood. A 38-year-old man fled the same scene after getting shot in the back.
"I was going to leave in the morning," Sanderlin said.
He says he was just hours away from a bus ride to New York. He was shot after stepping out to the ATM to get cash for the trip. While using the ATM, Sanderlin suspects his attackers followed him home, despite him taking a different route, just to be safe.
"I am not used to going the same route. I always take another route home. You never do the same way," Sanderlin said.
Sanderlin hopes police not only finds who shot him and his friend, but everyone involved in one of the city's most violent nights this summer.
No one died in the shootings overnight.