Indianapolis Colts

Thousands give the gift of life at Colts’ annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Colts hosted their 20th annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive Saturday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The event is the largest single-day blood drive of the year in Indiana.

“We need to collect 560 units of blood everyday to meet the needs of our patients,” said Penny Schroeder with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana.

Schroeder says that blood donation around the holiday slows down.

“People are busy traveling and spending time with family, so we come here every year to get that blood that is still needed,” said Schroeder.

This year’s goal is to collect 1,500 units of life-saving blood.

Each Bleed Blue donor will receive a commemorative, limited-edition football featuring Colts tight end and Indianapolis native Jack Doyle.

The blood drive also features several activities to keep families entertained.

On-field activities include big screen movies, games and appearances by Colts cheerleaders.

Free child care will be offered while parents donate blood.

“The whole process takes about an hour. We start with a short physical examination and check your blood pressure before donating,” said Schroeder.

To give blood, you must be 17 or older and in good health. A photo ID is required.

The Bleed Blue Blood Drive takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. There is free parking in the south lot where you can then enter through the southeast gates and follow signs for the Bleed Blue Blood Drive.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, click here.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

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