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IMPD: Shots fired after crash, woman working at nearby business struck by stray bullet

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-21 16:42:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD is responding to a shooting at a gas station on Indy's north side that left a woman shot who was working at a nearby business.

According to IMPD, police responded to the intersection at North Keystone and 71st Street on reports of a person shot at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Monday.

Upon arrival, they found a female victim in her 60's who had been shot.

Police say an altercation started when a crash occurred in the southbound lanes of North Keystone Avenue. The two cars involved in the crash then pulled into the nearby Shell gas station parking lot.

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A third vehicle, unrelated to the crash also pulled into the parking lot and then turned around to exit, when one of the two drivers in the crash began firing at the uninvolved third vehicle.

Police say the driver who shot at the uninvolved vehicle then fled the scene. Officers recognized the vehicle and were able to apprehend the vehicle when it returned to the scene.

The female victim that was shot was working inside the Sullivan Hardware Gardening Center across the street. She is believed to be shot from a stray bullet that traveled from the shooting at the gas station parking lot.

“Bullets travel,” IMPD PIO Officer Genae Cook said. “Bullets will travel a long distance, a short distance. They stop traveling once they hit something strong enough that will stop it.”

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The woman is in critical, but stable condition.

“There are a lot of things that detectives will have to follow up on to make sure that that was exactly the bullet that was fired from that weapon,” Cook said.  

Officers were able to arrest the suspect that came back to the scene. Police believe the gun that was used has been recovered.

A witness of the incident tells WRTV he was running errands when he saw the heavy police presence at the intersection.

"There was maybe six police officers all with their guns drawn on a suspect, they got him on the ground," Michael Brown said. "At that point, we knew something big had happened."

Brown proceeded to run his errands, which included a stop at Sullivan's hardware store. There, he learned that one of their employees had been shot by a stray bullet.

"It's unfortunate that someone that wasn't even involved with whatever was going on, ended up getting shot," Brown said. "It's bad."

Sullivan's Hardware store later posted a sign on their door that said they closed the store early and would be open tomorrow.

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Police are asking anyone in the area a little after 3:15 with information to contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.  

This is a developing story.