INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A juvenile is under arrest, police said Monday afternoon, after Sunday’s fatal shooting of a 69-year-old woman who moved with her husband two years ago to the Windsor Park neighborhood on the city’s near-east side.
A neighbor told I-Team 8 that the woman and her husband quickly became fixtures in the Windsor Park neighborhood. Until now, neighbors said, the area has been isolated from much of the violence in Indianapolis in recent years.
The fatal shooting of the woman — it happened just before 5 a.m. Sunday in a house in the 1200 block of Windsor Street — has left neighbors on edge. Neighbors believe the shooting happened during an attempted burglary when the victim startled the intruders, but police have not confirmed that information publicly. Police said the woman died shortly after arriving at a hospital.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did not name the juvenile arrested in a news release issued late Monday afternoon.
Windsor Park resident Martha Latta told I-Team 8 on Monday, “I think everybody in the neighborhood was on edge last night. People were scared last night, and the neighborhood people are on edge.”
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Antonia Reiner. Neighbors knew her well.
Latta said, “She dove right into the neighborhood as a volunteer. She helped with events in the neighborhood. She was really supportive of all the projects that are happening in the neighborhood. She was a mother, grandmother, and she had a grandbaby on the way.”
The Windsor Park neighborhood sits on the edge of some of the most violent neighborhoods in the city, and violence has skipped over the area for several years.
Neighbors told I-Team 8 that it will be hard to get past what happened, but the shooting will lead those in the neighborhood to look for ways to protect themselves.
“That was one of the things the officer said to me: Protect your family. Protect your home, like get a security system, get video cameras. He said that was the biggest thing anyone can do right now, so the neighborhood is talking about that what can we do to protect the neighborhood beyond our personal selves but as a whole because we care about each other.”
Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Chris Craighill at 317-327-3475 or e-mail Chris.Craighill@Indy.gov.