INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say a man was fatally shot Thursday night in what was initially believed to be a property-damage traffic accident.
The fatal shooting is the 153rd intentional homicide Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has recorded in 2020. That total matches the number of intentional homicides IMPD investigated in 2019. IMPD recorded 158 intentional homicides in 2018.
About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, an IMPD patrol was at the intersection of East 30th Street and North Keystone Avenue, a commercial and residential area on the city’s east side. The patrol officer, believing there had been a traffic accident, went up to a gray sedan and found the man shot inside.
IMPD does not believe any other vehicles were involved in the traffic accident discovered by the patrol officer.
Police did not provide any information on whether a suspect is at large in the area.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 22-year-old Daniel Baxter.
IMPD was interviewing witnesses to the shooting. However, IMPD asked anyone who drove through the area from 6-7 p.m. Thursday to contact police. Anyone with information can call the IMPD homicide office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
As of 8 p.m. Thursday, IMPD was at 179 for all homicides — intentional or not — investigated in 2020. That exceeded the totals of 172 in 2019 and 178 in 2018, and tied the record of 179 in 2017. IMPD’s count excludes enclaves of Marion County, including Lawrence, Beech Grove, Speedway and Cumberland.