Shooting at Castleton Square shopping center, police say
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Two people have died in what was a violent Friday in Indianapolis. By 10:30 p.m., a total of five people had been shot dead across town. One of those shootings took place inside the Castleton Square shopping center.
The wave of gun violence began shortly after 4:45 p.m., when two women were gunned down outside a business on the east side of 38th Street and Post Road. Police reported one of the stable women. The other woman, listed in critical condition, died in a hospital.
Shortly after 7 p.m., IMPD officers responded to reports of shots fired inside the Castleton Square shopping center. IMPD spokesman Genae Cook said police “located a crime scene” around an entrance on the south side of the mall and learned that a gunshot victim had arrived at the mall. North community hospital. The man was in stable condition and told detectives he was shot inside the mall.
Cook said no one was in custody in connection with the incident and that what led to the shooting is still being investigated as detectives questioned store owners. The mall closed overnight.
At around the same time at 7 p.m., IMPD officers found a man in serious condition after being shot inside his home on the west side in the 1800 block of North Berwick Avenue. Cook said investigators believed the shooting occurred during a robbery. Police are looking for a black SUV that witnesses saw leaving the scene.
Another shootout on the east side at 30th Street and Sherman Drive was reported before 7:15 p.m. IMPD officers discovered that a vehicle had crashed into a building and a man in it. The interior of the car had gunshot wounds. He died in a hospital.
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Cook said none of the shootings appear to be random or related, noting that several IMPD officers and detectives worked on several violent scenes this evening.
“It is very important for us as a community to step up,” she said. “As the police we are leading a defense, we cannot be man to man.”
Friday’s shootings mark another violent weekend in the city. A downtown shootout sent bullets into businesses and cars on Meridian Street around 1 a.m. on Sunday. No one was hurt.
IMPD officials said the department is stepping up patrols in the city center ahead of the July 4 celebration and fireworks, which are scheduled for 10 p.m. Sunday.
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