An Indianapolis man was arrested in connection with a shooting in Broad Ripple overnight. Jamal Headen, 19, faces charges including aggravated battery, possession of firearm by a serious violent felon, battery and resisting arrest.
Police were patrolling in Broad Ripple when they heard shots being fired from the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue at around 2:30 am. As they ran toward the gunfire, more shots rang out and the crowd began to disperse.
A man flagged down police in front of the Vogue on College Ave. and told them he had been shot in the abdomen. The shooting victim, a 38-year-old Indianapolis man, was taken to Wishard Hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Witnesses gave police a description of the suspect, later identified as Jamal Headen, and police were able to locate him. After a foot chase, police say the suspect fought with them. Police used a stun gun to subdue him and brought him into the Aggravated Assault/Robbery Office for an interview. After the interview, police arrested Headen.
Police believe the shooting victim was a bystander who was shot as a result of an argument that didn't involve him.
Qwan Jones tells WTHR-TV that he heard shots along the main street through the district while Corey Chapman says many people ran and sought cover during the gunfire.
Officers recovered at least one weapon, and found shell casings along Broad Ripple Avenue. Police shut down Broad Ripple Avenue while they investigated. They reopened the street at 4:00 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing. Detectives will screen the case with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
The Broad Ripple Village Association released the following statement:
The Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) is a community organization representing residents and businesses of the Broad Ripple Village. In recent months, business owners and IMPD have increased security and patrols in the Broad Ripple Village during late night hours in response to an increase in loitering and other criminal activities. Last night's shooting was an unfortunate incident. At this time, the BRVA is speaking with affected businesses and IMPD to gain an understanding of the conditions during which this incident occurred and is working with IMPD to reduce the risk of these types of crimes in the future.