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Victim ID’d in fatal shooting in Circle Centre mall garage

Targeted shooting at parking garage under Circle Centre Mall leaves man dead

UPDATE: The Marion County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of the shooting at a Circle Centre Mall parking garage as 26-year-old Marquis Lovett.

The coroner’s office says Lovett died from a gunshot wound.

No other details were released.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Pedestrians pounding the pavement in downtown Indianapolis faltered at the sight of flashing police lights at Circle Centre Mall.

“What happened? Is there a riot?” one woman asked, glancing at a group of officers outside the Simon-owned shopping center, south of Monument Circle.

A man was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in a Maryland Street parking garage attached to the mall, between Illinois and Meridian streets.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. near the entrance of the garage, according to officers at the scene.

Detectives suspected the shooting was an isolated incident involving two people who knew each other but did not specify why the victim was targeted.

No suspect information was available Thursday night.

Downtown residents — as well as people working, shopping, dining and walking along Maryland Street — expressed shock, fear and disappointment over the killing.

“I went to college down here and parked in the mall parking garage all the time,” said resident Ronald Marcum, who works near the mall. “Hearing [about the shooting] makes you want to lock your doors a little tighter and maybe park on the streets now.”

A police spokesperson maintained “targeted gun violence can happen anywhere.” But concerned residents noted a string of incidents had occurred in recent months in and around the mall.

In Nov. 2019, a woman was punched repeatedly in the face by a stranger while shopping at Circle Centre Mall, according to police reports obtained by News 8.

In Sept. 2019, six people were shot one night outside a Steak ‘n Shake on Maryland Street, half a block from the scene of Thursday’s shooting.

In Aug. 2018, authorities responded after shots were fired at another mall parking garage, located on Georgia Street.

“It’s kind of pushing people out from the downtown area,” said Marcum.

He had “absolutely” considered relocating to distance himself from downtown crime, he added.

“I mean, this is a pretty cool city,” said Dan Manes, who works downtown. “You can just come out and walk around. There’s a lot of great restaurants and stuff. It’s just crazy to think that where I work is right down the street and something like [a fatal shooting] could happen.”

Anybody with information about the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

Officials had not yet identified the shooting victim Thursday night. (WISH Photo/Julia Deng)

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