UPDATE: The man who died in an east end shooting on Tuesday has been identified as 27-year-old Leland Jones, the Marion County Coroner’s Office announced Wednesday. His death was ruled a homicide.
IMPD says the man who arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds was linked to Jones’ fatal shooting on Leland Ave. Detectives believe they have identified the main suspects in the shooting and are investigating the possibility that it was in self-defense. The investigation is ongoing and detectives continue to review witness statements, video and other evidence.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man died and another man was in the hospital after a shooting Tuesday afternoon in a residential area on the city’s east side, Indianapolis police said.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department went to a call of shots fired at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of North Leland Avenue. It’s southwest of Emerson Avenue and East 38th Street.
IMPD Commander Kerry Buckner said officers arrived to find gun cartridges on the street, then found the man dead in the front yard of a home. He has not yet been identified.
Shortly after, a man walked into Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital with gunshot wounds. This man told the police he was robbed on Leland Avenue. He was stable Tuesday evening in the hospital.
Buckner said, “Of course, you know, stories change every time someone tells them, but we don’t know exactly what happened. He says it was self-defense, but, of course, the homicide investigators are there. They will investigate, start talking to neighbors, try to find video camera footage and try to piece things together. The crime lab makes the scene at this point. We are still looking for a possibly involved vehicle.
A car at the crime scene had flat tires, but Buckner said it’s unclear whether the vehicle was part of the shooting or just damaged by gunfire. “But there was obviously auto glass from another vehicle that was on the ground. So that’s how they knew there was a second vehicle. Witnesses said they saw a man run and get into another vehicle. I think it’s a black colored SUV. I don’t have an exact description at this point. So we have the other man involved, we’re just looking for the vehicle because he is part of the crime scene.
“So we have what we believe both sides, but we are still trying to get the stories straight at this point,” the IMPD commander added. “Obviously on this stuff, we’re asking for the public’s help.”
Buckner said: “All they can see is insignificant, but sometimes all it takes is a little nudge to get detectives headed in the right direction. So, as I said, we don’t overlook any tip we receive. Sometimes we get hundreds, and sometimes we get a few. We’ll take whatever we can.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Det. Brian Lambert by email or by calling the IMPD Homicide Bureau at 317-327-3475.