Man dies weeks after being shot during e-commerce transaction

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The mother of a man who was killed during a meetup arranged for an e-commerce transaction has a message for his killer.

Chad Laplante was shot in the incident last month but only recently died from his injuries.

Julie Laplante wants the people responsible for her son's death caught and punished. She is also warning people about doing business online.

Laplante was lured online as part of a deadly robbery scheme. His mother says after searching online exchange sites like Craigslist and OfferUp, Chad arranged a January 9 meet to buy an electronic gaming system.

But during the transaction near the 3200 block of N. Emerson, one of the sellers pulled a gun, firing at Laplante as he ran for safety.

Witnesses gave descriptions of two suspects to IMPD investigators.

Chad had recently talked to his mother about relocating, including possibly to Florida, where his mother spoke by phone Wednesday with Eyewitness News.

“I don't have a clue, I was so numb and confused,” said Julie Laplante. “Now we are trying to figure out how we are going to pay for a funeral for my son.”

Laplante said the family is also concerned that the suspects are still at large. She said she had a message for the killers.

“I want you to pay for what you've done," she said. "There has been a lot of people shot in that same area in the last week and a half.”

Metro police want people buying and selling online to do it in a safe place. They suggest one of the district headquarters, public locations that are equipped with surveillance cameras.

IMPD’s website lists district sites situated around the city which offer a safe place to transact e-commerce transactions

HEADQUARTERS: 50 N Alabama St.

DOWNTOWN: 39 W Jackson Pl.

NORTHWEST: 3821 Industrial Blvd.

NORTH: 3120 E 30th St.

EAST: 201 Shadeland Ave.

SOUTHEAST: 1150 Shelby St.

SOUTHWEST: 551 King Ave.

If you have information that could help investigators in the Laplante case, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS. If your confidential tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00. If authorities confiscate a weapon during the arrest, the reward would increase by hundreds of dollars.

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