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Woman found shot and killed at hotel on northeast side of Indianapolis

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Aug 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-25 13:29:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman was found shot and killed Friday morning at a hotel on the northeast side of Indianapolis, according to police.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called around 10:20 a.m. to the Red Roof Inn in the 8100 block of North Shadeland Avenue. This is near East 82nd Street and Interstate 69.

Officers arrived and found a woman with at least one gunshot wound who was dead, IMPD Officer Samone Burris said. A person of interest was near the scene and taken into custody. IMPD announced Saturday that person, a 30-year-old man, was arrested for murder.

Officers were dispatched about 20 minutes before to the hotel on the report of a person shot but didn't locate a victim, Burris said. They were later called back to the scene and this time were directed to a specific room where they found the woman who was shot.

The victim was identified as Alexis Ford, 27, the Marion County Coroner's Office said Monday.

Timothy Gardner, 30, was charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in connection with the shooting, court documents show.

Gardner is scheduled to appear before a jury Oct. 31 in Marion Superior Court.

Additional details haven't been released.

Burris is asking anyone who was in the area or may have heard anything to call detectives.

Anyone with information should call IMPD homicide detective Christopher Craighill at 317-327-3475, email or report tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or online.