Two shot at Don's Guns; one dead


One person is dead and another was injured in a shooting at Don's Guns on the Indianapolis northwest side Monday afternoon.

Brian Layner, 26, of Indianapolis, was killed after police say he began shooting at a clerk. The clerk was injured.

Indianapolis Metro Police officers were called to the scene at around 12:20 pm at the corner of Lafayette Road and 38th Street. When officers arrived, they confirmed that two people had been shot inside the store.

"You know he was shooting a hell of a gun back there," said Debra Samples, gun shop customer.

Samples and her husband Gillace says her forgetfulness may have saved their lives Monday afternoon. They left Don's Guns at 38th and Lafayette to get her ID at home moments before another customer they clearly remember opened fire inside.

"I seen him come out. I guess that is when he was getting ammunition because we were paying attention, and he looked like a normal guy. Nothing was wrong," said Samples.

Metro officers arrived to find gun shop employee Ben Chance suffering from a gunshot wound in the chest area. Police say Chance returned fire, killing the customer who was later identified as Brian Layner.

Owner Don Davis showed police the shooting play by play from his security camera video. The customer had just fired three boxes of ammunition in the shooting range.

"My guy goes up to collect from him and he shoots my guy twice - bang, bang - and my guy immediately killed him," said Davis.

Davis says the shooting suspect parked a black Chevy Camaro out front. It's a rental car that Davis said he has seen parked there before.

Davis says his business is automatically high risk because its impossible to evaluate every customer.

"How in the hell do we know who's in their right mind today? This crap happens. It just happened at one of our embassies," said Davis.

After a seriously close call, Debra Samples says she still plans to buy a gun to help her be prepared for the unexpected.

"The guys are packing so I can see where they can get him quick," she said.

IMPD is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Homicide at 317-327-3475 or call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Callers can also txt "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.