INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Two men died and a woman was injured early Monday morning in a downtown hotel shooting, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
The two men were later identified as Johnnie Alvarado, 18, and Justice Gildersleeve, 19.
Hardy Stepp heard news of the deadly shooting Monday morning.
“It was shocking, being in the heart of downtown Indianapolis,” Stepp, of Indianapolis, said.
Officers were called to a report of a person shot just before 1 a.m. Monday at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, 501 W. Washington St. That’s at the intersection of North West Street.
When officers arrived, they found the two men who had gunshot wounds.
A woman on Monday morning was listed in serious condition after being taken to Eskenazi Hospital.
“That’s terrible,” Indianapolis resident Scott Thomas said. “I didn’t know anything about it.”
Police said another man was also hurt when he fell. Detectives will follow up with him as part of the investigation.
IMPD told News 8 that detectives are still working to determine what led up to the shooting, and a potential suspect.
“That it happened in downtown Indianapolis, they should look into better ways to maybe police this area. We’re a great tourism city, so for that to happen, that could draw back on tourism and everything else,” Stepp said.
Given that the Indy 500 race is this coming weekend, police on scene this morning said they have added extra patrols downtown.
“We’ve beefed up Downtown District, so we have extra cars. This looked like a one-time event. Hopefully it was a one-off. We usually don’t really have that much crime at the hotels downtown. They are very safe,” Captain Lawrence Wheeler said.
Police on the scene of the shooting also said there was a lot of evidence and witnesses were cooperating. No victim or suspect information has been released.
Anyone with information should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.