Ten Injured In Downtown Indiana Shooting at Black Expo Celebration
July 19, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — Ten young men were wounded Saturday night, as gunshots ricocheted through downtown streets crowded with Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration attendees.
Police said they had video of a man on foot who opened fire indiscriminately at a downtown intersection blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, but had made no arrests by late Sunday.
Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said the victims’ ages ranged from 10 to 19. Most were taken to Wishard and Methodist hospitals and were listed in good condition Sunday. One was treated at the scene.
“We have to be mad as hell about this,” said Charles Harrison, a United Methodist pastor who was standing a few feet from where the first shootings occurred. “This incident we cannot tolerate in our community.”
Shots were fired in three locations after the conclusion of Saturday’s events associated with the Expo, a 10-day event of entertainment, business networking and other activities.
Mayor Greg Ballard and leaders of the Indianapolis community expressed outrage at the shootings. While stressing that the three shootings did not happen at any Expo-sanctioned events, they said the city will aggressively go after those who perpetrate violence at large public gatherings. “Our job is to remove these people off the streets so that everybody can be safe here in the city of Indianapolis,” Ballard said.
Duhamell said several shots rang out about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Maryland Street near Circle Centre Mall, leaving eight people wounded and sending people running. He said a second shooting occurred minutes after the first and left one young man wounded in the leg. The third shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. and left another man wounded, he said.
“It’s pretty unusual to have this many shots in one time,” Duhamell said.
Duhamell said investigators had no immediate report on a possible motive but were trying to determine whether any of the shootings were gang-related. He said at least 200 police officers and 60 state troopers were assigned to patrol the event Sunday.