Man killed in shooting on city's northwest side

Damon Young

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detectives say a man has died after an early morning shooting on the city's northwest side.

The shooting happened on Congress Street near 32nd and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. streets around 1:30 Tuesday morning.

Police say people living in that area heard several shots fired. When they went outside, they found Damon Young laying in the street, suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Young was taken to Eskenazi Hospital where he later died.

The victim's brother, Pastor Royce Fields, says he's feeling "a lot of sorrow...a lot of pain" after losing another family member to violence. He's holding out little hope the shooter will come forward.

"That's most likely not going to happen, but I hope that they would have a change of heart and realize they have family, too. That is not a threat, but the fact that the Bible says whatsoever a man sow, he shall reap," Fields said.

The shooting comes just weeks before Pastor Fields opens his church, Bethesda Temple on Michigan Road, as a safe haven for people who need help.

"Striving to promote drug-free families and establish safe house communities. It is going to be our campaign against this kind of culture," Fields said.

Young's 40th birthday is just weeks away, an occasion he planned to celebrate with his twin sister. Now only to be missed by family, friends and a wife who hopes more than anyone Damon's killer is brought to justice.

Police have no suspects at this time. If you have any information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.