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Woman found shot, killed overnight on Indianapolis sidewalk, suspect arrested

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Oct 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-17 17:05:38-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says one woman died early Sunday morning after a shooting on the east side.

Officers responded to the 2700 block of East Michigan Street around 2 a.m. and found a woman who had been shot on the sidewalk.

She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

She was identified as Sabrina Travis, 35, The Marion County Coroner's Office said. Her death was ruled a homicide.

On Wednesday, IMPD announced Ronnie Smith was arrested for reckless homicide and criminal recklessness. On Oct. 6, Marion County prosecutors charged Smith, 20, with murder, battery and other crimes in Travis's death.

According to a preliminary probable cause affidavit, the suspect told police he had gotten into an argument with a woman and that when they arrived in separate cars at the intersection of Michigan and Rural Streets, he "was trying to get the attention of [the woman] and fired two to three shots into the air."

"Thanks to assistance from the community, real-time information from the Incident Analysis Center (license plate readers, public safety cameras, and other technology), and district officers’ knowledge of their beats, detectives located [the suspect]," IMPD said in a news release.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Christopher Higgins at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail him at

Earlier in the night, IMPD says three people were injured in a separate shooting in the 1100 block of Maynard Drive. Two of the victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition and the third person's condition was unknown, according to police.