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Woman details experience after gunfire erupts inside west side gym

Celia Navarro was inside the sauna when gunshots started inside VASA Fitness
Posted at 1:46 PM, Feb 07, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-07 18:19:39-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman says the scene was "chaos" as gunfire rang out inside a gym on the northwest side Tuesday night.

Celia Navarro was inside a sauna at VASA Fitness with her sister when they heard gunshots inside the gym.

The shooting left an adult and a juvenile with injuries — they are both expected to be OK.

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Navarro was able to escape through a nearby emergency exit.

"It wasn't even 10 minutes (after we got in the sauna) that we hear gunshots in the gym," Navarro said. "People were just running. It was chaos. We weren't sure if it was an altercation between two people or an active shooter, which is where my mind went."

Navarro said she and her sister ran to a nearby apartment complex without their belongings in attempt to be safe.

"It’s a situation that most people don’t think they would ever find themselves in and I feel like I’m going to be more aware of my surroundings," Navarro added.

A witness provided WRTV with the following clip from the scene:

VASA shooting scene footage

On Wednesday, Navarro said she felt like it was important to share her story from the incident to make sure others stay aware of their surroundings.

"I know I'm gonna be a lot more aware of my surroundings, maybe a little paranoid," she said.