Posted on July 17, 2006

Gunfire Rings Out In Downtown Indianapolis

Rich Van Wyk,, July 16, 2006

Indianapolis — Panic erupted in the streets of downtown Indianapolis just after midnight Sunday morning, as gunfire sent crowds running for their lives.

There were two separate shootings with five people injured and two suspected gunman on downtown streets that were jammed with Black Expo crowds.

The first shooting happened just before midnight on Maryland Street near Illinois. Three men were hit and taken to the hospital, and a woman was grazed by a ricochet.

“Fortunately, nothing life threatening. We had so many officers in the area, such a police presence , we had arrests in minutes,” said Major Lloyd Crowe.

Just after 2 am, there were more shots fired around the corner on Illinois street. The crowd ran away and police moved in with guns drawn and firing pepper spray. Several on lookers were overcome.

The suspected gun man was cuffed, and the victim suffered a non life threatening would in his hip.

Police Chief Michael Spears looked frustrated.

“It is disappointing when someone fires a weapon on a crowed street, however officers were in the area and responded and made arrests within seconds,” said Chief Spears.

The Expo crowd overwhelmed downtown.