INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - City leaders say police have captured a 17-year-old mansuspected of shooting several people Saturday night following anevent at the Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced the arrest at a newsconference Monday afternoon (watch the video in the left margin ofthis story).
Metro Police say they found the suspect, 17-year-old ShamusPatton, walking outside the West Park apartment complex near MarineTerrace Monday afternoon. Police say they were alerted to Patton'swhereabouts from a tipster.
"We received a tip (Sunday) night that our target may be in thisarea and we surveilled that area until the target surfaced,"described IMPD Deputy Chief William Benjamin.
Deputy Chief Benjamin said police believe the shooting was "gangrelated" but would not elaborate.
Benjamin said Patton was unarmed and did not resist arrest. Headded that the investigation is ongoing.
"We have some other people we want to talk to before this comesto a conclusion," he said.
Police say Patton faces preliminary charges of aggravatedbattery, criminal recklessness with a firearm and "possibly somegang-related charges."
Police earlier identified Patton as the main suspect responsiblefor at least one of Saturday night's three incidents.
Police say Patton has a juvenile crime record.
Trouble began around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the first shotsrang out on Maryland Street between Meridian and Illinois Streets.According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Departmentspokesperson Lt. Jeff Duhammel, five people were found shot at thatlocation and two others were found in another location, afterrunning from the scene.
Then just before midnight, IMPD officers responded to anothershooting, bringing the total of injured to nine. At the newsconference Monday, Deputy Chief Benjamin said the department had nonew information on the second shooting.
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