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Argument preceded shooting that killed Southport student at Speedway station

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Nov 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-07 11:18:26-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An argument led to a shooting outside a south-side gas station that killed a 17-year-old Southport High School student, according to court documents.

Jack Sumner Jr. died at Eskenazi Hospital following the shooting that happened just after 8 p.m. Monday at the Speedway gas station located in the 3600 block of South Keystone Avenue.

Tyrese Roberts, 22, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly killing Sumner Jr. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office charged Roberts with murder on Friday.

An initial hearing is scheduled for Roberts on Nov. 8.

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According to a probable cause affidavit, a woman drove her Dodge Durango, along with Sumner Jr., her husband and two children, ages 5 and 6, to the Speedway gas station and parked by the pumps.

The woman was inside the gas station when Roberts, who had “a beef and hard feelings” with Sumner Jr., pulled up in his 2014 Volkswagen Passat. Court documents said Roberts' girlfriend used to date Sumner Jr.

Documents said Sumner Jr. and Roberts noticed each other inside the gas station and began arguing when Sumner Jr. was sitting in the backseat of the Durango.

Roberts began pumping gas and allegedly pulled out a gun after Sumner Jr. got out of the Durango and stood by the rear of the vehicle.

Documents said Roberts' girlfriend tried to intervene and he pushed her away with his arm and shot Sumner Jr. twice. Sumner Jr.’s brother allegedly shot back at Roberts and his vehicle as he fled the parking lot in the Passat.

An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was at the intersection of Keystone Avenue and National Avenue when she heard gunshots to the north.

She arrived at the Speedway station about 60 seconds after the gunfire and saw people moving around the Durango with Sumner Jr. lying behind the vehicle.

Documents said a person was “yelling franticly that his brother had been shot” and a female was yelling and upset.

The female told the officer that her brother shot Sumner Jr. and he was heading toward Stone Lake Apartments.

A person with Roberts called police and said the suspect shot Sumner Jr. and someone shot back at them, according to court documents.

A male’s voice in the background could be heard saying, “I was tired of his (expletive),” “I shot him. I shot him twice,” and “Ain’t nobody worried about none of them (expletives), bro. I told him what’s up and he wanted to run his mouth.”

IMPD officers responded to a residence on El Largo Boulevard at the Stone Lake Apartments and later arrested Roberts.

Court documents said his Passat had a bullet hole in the trunk. A gun belonging to Roberts, who told detectives the shooting was self-defense, has not been found.

An autopsy showed Sumner Jr. had two gunshot wounds in the chest and right abdomen.