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Woman shot and killed on Canal Walk in Downtown Indianapolis

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Posted at 7:15 AM, Jul 05, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman who died early Sunday in a shooting near the canal in Downtown Indianapolis was one of five people who were shot overnight in the city.

At 3:40 a.m., Indianapolis Police Department officers were called to the 700 block of Canal Court. When they arrived on the Canal Walk below, police found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, but later died.

An IMPD officer at the scene on Sunday morning said the shooting occurred on the west side of the Canal Walk just south of the St. Clair Street bridge.

The woman has been identified as Jessica Doty Whitaker, 24, Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie McGinty said in an email.

Police have not said what led to the shooting.

It was the second time in less than a week that a person was fatally shot at the canal. On June 29, a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed after he allegedly attempted to rob a person on the Canal Walk. Another person was seriously wounded on June 28 in a shooting near the canal in the 300 block of West Walnut Street.

Three other shootings involving four people were reported Sunday morning.

  • Just before 12:30 a.m., police responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of West Pruitt Street on the west side of Indianapolis. Officers found two victims who were transported to the hospital in serious condition.
  • At 2:15 a.m., a person walked into Community East Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. IMPD said the person is in stable condition Police believe the shooting possibly occurred in the 4200 block of North College Avenue on the north side.
  • After 6 a.m., police were called to the 1800 block of West Kessler Boulevard North Drive on the west side after a person was shot. The victim was transported to an area hospital in serious condition, IMPD said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.