1 dead after shooting inside Castleton Square mall

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man has died after a shooting inside Castleton Square mall Thursday.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook, shots were fired inside the mall located at 6020 E. 82nd St. around 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

That’s on the city’s northeast side near the intersection of East 82nd Street and Allisonville Road.

Officers who were patrolling the area at the time of the shooting heard the shots being fired and witnessed people running away from the mall.

A male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds was located at the scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition. That victim later died. Cook says the victim is a young adult male.

The shooting happened near the entrance of the mall and spilled out into the parking lot.

“We continue to ask everybody that came to the mall or was at the mall at that time of the incident…that they talk to the detectives,” Cook said.

Cook said multiple shots were fired during the shooting and shell casings and further evidence is still being gathered at the scene. Police believe the shooting was not a random act.

“Those people involved probably know each other. It wasn’t just some random act,” Cook said. “This is not just people shopping in the mall and getting shot.”

News 8’s Demie Johnson spoke with two employees at the mall after shots were fired inside. She shared more on Facebook.

Sean Esters said he stopped by the mall to grab dinner minutes before the man was shot.

“I just heard some girls on their phone say get out there’s shooting and I came around by the south entrance and saw a guy laying there bleeding,” said Esters.

Alan Davenport and his friends had a similar experience. They had just left the mall minutes before the shooting happened and were still in the parking lot as crowds of people ran outside.

“It’s sad you can’t even go to the mall without something happening,” said Davenport. “You got police killing us and we killing each other. You know when is the killing gonna stop? When is the dying gonna stop?”

You can also watch the full press briefing from police on Facebook.