INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 15-year-old robber was shot dead Wednesday afternoon at a shopping center on the city’s east side.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were sent shortly after 3:35 p.m. to a robbery in progress and a person shot at Irvington Plaza Shopping Center at 6241 E. Washington St. The shooting happened at the EZPawn store.
IMPD said in a news release that the robber was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where Ja’Shawn Taylor, who police say was armed, later died.
Sgt. Jim Gillespie said on Twitter: “Suspect dies after attempted Robbery of the E-Z Pawn on the city’s east side. Shooter stayed on-scene, witnesses cooperating with detectives.”
Detectives said customers and workers were in the store when the shooting occurred. Police later said that the shooter was a store employee.
“It’s a shame that being a suspect, or a robber, that people will lose their life. I’m glad to hear it wasn’t an employee,” said Bernie Cline, who has shopped at the EZPawn previously.
A firearm was recovered at the scene, the release said.