Person shot to death on near northwest side Wednesday evening

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The Indianapolis Metro Police Department is investigating after a person was shot to death on the near northwest side Wednesday evening.

Police were called to the 1500 block of West 23rd Street for reports of a person shot just before 6 p.m.

Crime scene tape went up around a car on the street as police cars flooded the street with lights flashing.

Inside that car, there was a man shot.

"Officers quickly arrived on scene and found one adult male, 19, suffering from at least one gunshot wound about the body," said IMPD Maj. Harold Turner.

That victim later died at Eskenazi Hospital.

Police questioned another person who was also in the car. Investigators say they were parked near where the victim lived.

Eyewitness News tried to talk to neighbors, but they didn't want to go on camera because they said they were afraid.

Some of them heard the gunshots Wednesday and after three shootings in less than three months on the same street, they said they just didn't feel safe.

"We're treating it as if, 'Yeah, there's something going on here,'" said Turner.

Police can't say for sure if all three shootings are related, but they are looking into it.

"We are going to find out if they're related and regardless if they're related or not, we're going to try and find a suspect on this and put them in jail," Turner said.

According to police, they don't believe it's the neighborhood being targeted, but people who might have some kind of disagreement with each other.

"It's ridiculous they're using firearms to settle their disagreement, which is also destroying the quality of life in this neighborhood which is normally good and quiet," Turner explained.

Neighbors said they want it to go back that way and hope police can get answers.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477.

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