IMPD: Officers involved in east-side shooting; 3 people wounded

Three people were shot, one by Indianapolis police officers, in a shooting Sunday afternoon on the city’s east side, police said.

Around noon, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of a disturbance with a gun in the 4500 block of East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive near Parkway Terrace Apartment Homes. As they arrived, the officers found a large group outside and shots were fired, said IMPD Sgt. Grace Sibley.

An adult male pointed a gun at officers and fired at least one shot, Sibley said. IMPD officers returned fire, wounding the person, who was then arrested without further incident, she said. That person was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Two other adults had gunshot wounds and were injured prior to police arriving. They were taken to the hospital, and are in stable condition, Sibley said. Police declined to say if those adults were men or women.

The scene of a shooting where three were injured, one by Indianapolis police officers, near Parkway Terrace Apartment Homes on Eastside on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN.

Sibley said no officers were injured and police were not wearing body cameras. She said the responding officers were from IMPD’s Southeast District and that district has yet to receive body cameras. In August, IMPD began a phased rollout of body cameras for all 1,100 officers on the force.

Sibley said police don’t know yet how many officers fired back at the suspect.

The person who shot at police is a suspect in an aggravated assault against the two other people with gunshot wounds, Sibley said. Police are still working to figure out what started the incident.

Police work the scene near Christian Park on the east side after a shooting left multiple people injured Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.

A car in the parking lot of the apartment complex sat riddled with at least five bullet holes through the front windshield. Also at the scene were at least two dozen police vehicles, including a forensic crime scene unit van and an incident command vehicle.

Nikesha House, a woman who lives nearby, told IndyStar that she was walking in the area when she heard a group of people arguing in the parking lot. She said she then heard about eight shots and began running away.

“It’s crazy out here nowadays,” she said. “People need to learn to get along. We’ve got to co-exist.”

IndyStar reporter MJ Slaby and IndyStar photographer Colin Boyle contributed to this story.

Contact IndyStar reporter Tony Cook at 317-444-6081 or tony.cook@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @IndyStarTony.