Man caught in crossfire of downtown shooting talks about getting hit

Ryan was attending his mother's wedding just hours before the downtown Indianapolis shooting. (Provided by family)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — For the first time, we're hearing from one of the six victims injured in Saturday night's shooting in downtown Indianapolis.

Ryan Haemmerle, 32, traveled to Indianapolis Saturday to celebrate his mom's wedding and give her away.

"I had literally just gotten back from the wedding to the hotel and decided that I wanted to go out and then all...hell broke loose," Haemmerle said.

He was on Illinois at Maryland when he says he saw about 25 teens and young adults arguing on the sidewalk.

Ryan said something didn't feel right.

"So I walked into the street to go around them and then I got back on the sidewalk and I got almost to Maryland and that's when I heard like basically what sounded like firecrackers and I was like 'who's lighting firecrackers?!' and then all of a sudden people are sprinting," Haemmerle said. "So, I start running and by the time I could take cover by a car, I had got hit in the leg."

Haemmerle couldn't get up, so he began crawling.

"Some people that were you know, kind of in their cars and what-not kind of saw me crawling on the ground and got out to pull me aside and get me taken care of and that's when I saw the blood just started coming out of my leg," Haemmerle said.

Strangers ripped off his belt and used it as a tourniquet until a police officer came over and got him an ambulance.

"You feel it but it doesn't click that that's what's happening. You just were shot," Haemmerle said.

He had to call his mom, the new bride, on the way to Methodist Hospital.

"I had to be the bearer of bad news on her wedding night that 'Hey! I was shot," Haemmerle said. "I just tried to calm her down. I said, 'Mom, I don't want you to freak out. Just take a breath for what I'm about to tell you.'"

Detectives interviewed Haemmerle at the hospital and took his clothes as evidence.

He said he didn't realize there was a surveillance picture of a person of interest in the case and doesn't recognize the person.

IMPD released this surveillance image of a male juvenile who they are calling a "person of interest" in Saturday night's downtown shooting. (Photo: IMPD)

Despite the danger he encountered Saturday night, Haemmerle still believes the city's safe.

"It's just the world we're in. I mean, it could happen anywhere. It doesn't even have to be Indy," he said. "I hope that this was an isolated incident. It doesn't change my mindset of Indy at all. I'd still go back and visit."

Anyone with information about criminal activity is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-8477 or (TIPS).