Two Dead, Six Injured After Birthday Party Attack
August 03, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — A man and a woman are dead following a shooting at a birthday celebration in which eight people were struck by bullets on the near northwest side of Indianapolis.
The shootings happened just after midnight Tuesday morning near the home at 1268 W. 32nd Street.masked gunman fired about 25 rounds before fleeing in a car.
The man and woman, who police say were in their late 20s to early 30s, were found dead at the scene, their bodies lying in the yard.
Six other people were shot. Four were taken to Methodist Hospital, two more taken to Wishard Hospital. All are believed to be in stable condition.
Officers say a birthday celebration at the home preceded the shooting. They add that an AK-47 style automatic weapon was likely used in the shooting with 25 to 30 rounds being fired.
Police say just before the shooting, they received complaints about a man walking around the neighborhood with an automatic weapon.
“We don’t know if shots were fired from the house. We do know that shots were fired at the house. So, right now, we’re just trying to put it all together,” said IMPD Lt. Jeff Duhamell.
Investigators say they found a silver Dodge Charger nearby riddled with bullets. They believe the car belongs to one of the victims. They add that they are looking for a Chrysler 300 vehicle that they believe belongs to one of the suspects.
Police say they’re questioning around 30 people.
Meanwhile, shocked and scared neighbors expressed their dismay over the shooting.
“The neighborhood is over. It just makes me feel like the neighborhood is over. We’ve been living here for 50 years and never had anything like this,” said one area resident.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard called the shooting “disgusting” but seemed optimistic about the investigation.
“They (police) feel like they have some good leads and I think they’re going to nail this one, I hope, very quickly,” said Ballard.
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