15-year-old robber fatally shot at Irvington shopping center

Crime Watch 8

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. 

(Video below from News 8 at 10 on Feb. 27, 2019. App users can view it online.)

“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.

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