UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 56-year-old Audrey Isham.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A woman was fatally shot outside a home near an elementary school and, hours later, a man was found dead inside the home in what police believe is a murder-suicide.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was sent to the report of a person shot while medics were sent to a report of the unsafe scene of a stabbing just before 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of Caroline Avenue, according to initial dispatch reports. The address was for a home that’s southwest of the intersection of East 51st Street and North Keystone Avenue.
The woman died at a hospital, said William A. Young with IMPD’s public information office.
Special-tactics-and-weapons vehicles and personnel remained outside the home just after 5 p.m. Wednesday to serve a search warrant. Police previously said someone may have a gun in thehome. After they entered the home, police found a man dead inside. Police did not immediately say how the man inside the home died or whether a suspect is at large.
Young said investigators think the woman was shot outside the home near a vehicle.
The standoff blocked neighbors in for hours, some said officers used their cars and backyard playsets as hideouts as SWAT negotiated before they knew the man in the home was dead.
Noah Sizemore lives two doors down from where the man was found, he said he was not friends with his neighbor but he did know him.
“It’s not something you would have thought he would have done. They said that he was shooting from the house with a scope and then eventually shot himself.” said Sizemore.
Gregory Hale was on his way to visit his aunt who lives in the neighborhood when he was met with several police cars.
“Next thing you know, it’s more than what we thought. You got detectives, cops just surrounding the whole area,” said Hale.
Police have not disclosed any relationship, if any, of the man and woman. Young said he had received no information about a child in the home.
Marion County Coroner’s Office will release the names of the man and woman after family members are notified.
Indianapolis Public Schools said Rousseau McClellan School 91 was placed on lockdown as a safety precaution due to the police activity in the area. The school was not evacuated, an IPS spokeswoman said. Students later dismissed safely from the school, Young said.
Young asked anyone who saw activity in the area after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
Mental health resources
- NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline: 211
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741