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IMPD investigating male found dead inside car on city’s east side

Update on east side fatal shooting

UPDATE: Marion County Coroner has identified the victim as Daejhan Skipper, 17.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police are conducting a death investigation after a male was found dead inside a vehicle on the city’s east side.

News 8 has reached out to the Marion County Coroner’s Office for information about the male.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a report of a vehicle theft in progress in the 1400 block of N. Gladstone Avenue just before 8:45 a.m. That’s in a residential neighborhood near East 15th Street and Sherman Drive.

Officers arrived and located an unconscious male in the driver’s seat of a parked Kia. Medics arrived and pronounced the male deceased at the scene, police say.

According to IMPD, the owner of the Kia called 911 after noticing someone inside the car and was not sure if the male was responsive.

IMPD said the “incident was believed to be a person shot initially, however, at this time, we are unable to confirm injuries.”

Police later confirmed that the male did have injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office will be assisting and will determine the exact cause and manner of death. The MCCO will release the name of the decedent once proper next-of-kin notification has been made.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Detective Chris Craighill at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail the detective at

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