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19-year-old shot, killed outside Thomas Carr Howe High School on Indy's east side

Officers responded to a report of a person shot around 8:15 p.m. at the high school in the 4900 block of Julian Avenue.

INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating after a person was shot and killed Tuesday night near Thomas Carr Howe High School on the east side of Indianapolis. 

IMPD said officers were called to a report of an active shooter around 8:15 p.m. at the high school in the 4900 block of Julian Avenue, near the intersection of East Washington Street and Emerson Avenue.

Officers arrived to find a man who had been shot outside of the school. IMPD said the victim was taken to an Indianapolis hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 19-year-old Walker Lewis Whatley III.

Police said there was no active threat to the community or school, which was being leased out for a basketball game at the time.

An IPS spokesperson told 13News the district has a "facilities use" agreement with Purdue Polytechnic High School that allows the school to use Howe facilities for gym classes, athletic practices and competitions. Tuesday night's basketball game was organized by the Indianapolis Charter School Athletic League.

Purdue Polytechnic High School is responsible for providing security staff before, during and after their athletic games and practices, IPS said. 

Officers detained a person of interest at the scene "thanks to assistance from community members," IMPD said Wednesday.

After consulting with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, that person of interest was released pending further investigation, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Detective Stephanie Herr at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Stephanie.Herr2@indy.gov. 

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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