INDIANAPOLIS — A homicide investigation is underway on the city's east side after a person was found dead inside a car Friday morning.
IMPD says officers responded to the 1400 block of Gladstone Avenue on a report of a vehicle theft in progress just before 8 a.m. Later, they learned of a person dead inside the Kia.
"I saw the back of his neck. He was hunched over so I thought he was robbing me. I immediately ran into my house and called the police," Aaniece Key said.
According to an IMPD spokesperson, Key, the owner of the vehicle, saw the man sitting in the vehicle unresponsive and called 911.
"I’m just overwhelmed, like everybody else. I’ve never seen a dead body before," Key said.
IMPD data shows there's been a 623% increase in Kia and Hyundai thefts this year.
IMPD says so far this year, more than 960 Kias have been stolen, compared to 133 last year. Nearly 650 have been vandalized compared to last year's 120.
"I’m going to have to pay for this now. He’s dead — he doesn’t have to worry about anything else now," Key said.
IMPD confirmed that the man died as a result of gunshot wounds.
This incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Detective Chris Craighill at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail the detective at Chris.Craighill@indy.gov