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Man shot and killed on East 11th Street is Indianapolis' 200th homicide in 2021

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Posted at 10:32 AM, Oct 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 11:45:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An argument over the price of narcotics earlier this month on the east of Indianapolis led to a man's death and a woman being shot, according to a court document.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers found the man and woman inside a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in 2900 block of East 11th Street, near North Oxford Street, IMPD Officer Samone Burris said in a press release. Both had at least one apparent gunshot wound.

The man, identified as Dylan McGinnis, 24, was found dead and the woman was taken to a local hospital, according to IMPD. She's stable.

On Oct. 22, IMPD announced Travis Lang, 23, was arrested on Oct. 18 for his involvement in the case. Prosecutors charged him with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, one count of dealing a controlled substance and one count of carrying a handgun without a license, according to court records.

In a probable cause affidavit, a detective wrote they learned through the investigation McGinnis and the woman went to meet Lang to buy narcotics. An argument about the price of the narcotics led to Lang pulling out a gun, demanding money and firing shots into the car, striking McGinnis and the woman.

Minutes before officers with IMPD responded to the person shot, dispatch received at least one report of shots fired in the area of East 11th Street and North Oakland Avenue, about 500 feet from where the victims were found on East 11th Street. Officers searched the area and found nine, 9mm shell casings and broken glass near where the shots fired were reported, according to the affidavit.

At the time of the shooting on Oct. 1, Lang had a pending case in Marion County where he was charged with possession of cocaine, according to online court records. Bail for the December 2020 case was paid in January 2021.

The Bail Project helped pay part of Lang's bail, David Gaspar, national director of operations for The Bail Project, said in a statement. His family also paid a portion of the bail through a bail bonds agent.

"Mr. Lang has a very supportive family and had no history of violence," Gaspar said in the statement. "The Bail Project - Indianapolis successfully supported him in returning to all of his court dates for his pending cases. It's important to remember that Mr. Lang is only charged with the current allegations, and it will be up to a judge and jury to determine if those charges have any merit."

McGinnis's death marks the city's 200th homicide in 2021.

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The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Stephen Smalley at 317-327-3475 or by email at stephen.smalley@indy.gov. Tips can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or online.

WRTV Real-Time Editor Mary Farucci contributed to this report.