A man who claimed self-defense in a shooting incident in Broad Ripple overnight is under arrest. Four people were shot in the area of 62nd and College Ave. around 3:00 am.
Indianapolis Metro Police arrested Tristan Crayton, 28, of Westfield. Police say Crayton was at the RA Nite Club (formerly CT Peppers) when one of his friends got into an argument with another man.
Everyone involved in the argument got kicked out of the bar. As Crayton and his friends were getting into a vehicle, police say the men involved in the earlier argument - Andrew Allen of Carmel, Gabriel Daniels of Filmore and Raymond Williams of Indianapolis - approached them and accosted them. Police say Crayton's friend was punched in the face.
According to police, Crayton, who possesses a lifetime permit to carry, fired his handgun. Allen, Daniels and Williams were injured. A fourth victim, Samuel Wade, was struck by a stray bullet. Wade was a passerby and was not involved in the argument.
An off-duty IMPD reserve officer who was working in the area found three of the victims. Williams was found a short distance away by other officers.
Crayton ran in front of an officer's vehicle waving his arms and explaining he was the shooter. Crayton said the men attacked him and he had no choice but to open fire. He was placed into custody. Police found his handgun in a nearby vehicle.
For employees and visitors to the area, it was a frightening scene.
"The only thing I thought about was my safety and the people in here. I wanted to make sure they were safe. I ran; they were all out here trying to see what was going on. I was telling them - get inside, I need to lock the doors. I locked the doors, the back door. Telling everyone, hey, you've got to get in here," said Cody Cable, a Hot Box Pizza employee.
Crayton was arrested on a battery with injury charge and also for criminal recklessness.
All four men who were shot are expected to recover.
Crime scene tape was strung in front the Vogue and Hot Box Pizza and the Wild Beaver Saloon. Traffic was not allowed to pass on Broad Ripple Avenue until shortly before 5:00 a.m., but the area is clear now.