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3 women and 17-year-old shot along downtown Canal Walk | IMPD releases image of suspects

Police said four women, all between ages 17 and 24, were listed in good condition Wednesday morning.

INDIANAPOLIS — (NOTE: This story was updated to reflect that a total of four people were shot in this incident. Information previously shared with 13News by IMPD indicated that there were five victims. Police said Wednesday morning that a fifth person was shot in a separate incident.)

Police are investigating a downtown Indianapolis shooting that injured four women early Wednesday morning. 

Investigators released an image of the suspects from surveillance video Wednesday afternoon.

This image was captured through B-Link, an initiative that uses technology to link personal and business security cameras to IMPD.

Credit: IMPD
IMPD is trying to identify the people in this surveillance image. The individuals are believed to be connected to the shooting of four women on the Canal Walk May 11, 2022.

The image was captured around 12:30 a.m. That's when two IMPD bicycle officers were patrolling along the Indianapolis Canal Walk when they heard shots fired in the area of West Walnut Street. Officers located four people who had been shot along the canal, near West St. Clair Street. 

IMPD said all four victims were in stable condition, some with injuries considered minor. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, police said all four women – ages 17, 18, 23 and 24 – were listed in good condition.

"It's obvious people cannot control themselves on a warm night in Indianapolis," said Maj. Kerry Buckner, IMPD. "The canal used to be a real nice place to come down, bring your family, walk at night. But not anymore. I don't know what there is to do on the canal that draws them down here at midnight."

Credit: WTHR/Frank Young

Police said they believe a disagreement between two groups led up to shots being fired at each other from both sides of the canal. Two children were at the scene at the time but were not injured. 

Residents in the area witnessed the shooting and reported it to police.

"There may have been people down there that saw something, We’re asking them to call police and let us know that information because all of that helps us complete the puzzle of what occurred last night," said Deputy Chief Kendale Adams, IMPD.

As of early Wednesday morning, police said they did not have any suspects in custody. IMPD said some people were being questioned in the case.

Police said they believe the shooting was a targeted incident and there is no ongoing risk to the public.

"IMPD and the city have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars down there in terms of overtime and technology to ensure the safety of those on the canal," Adams said. "As a matter of fact, we had officers on the canal yesterday in an overtime capacity that were able to respond within minutes of the shooting – actually heard the shots."

IUPUI police assisted IMPD at the scene.

Anyone with information on the shooting or who recognizes any of the individuals involved, should contact Detective Ronald Clayton at Ronald.Clayton@indy.gov.

People can also call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS).

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