Neighbors say they heard argument before deadly shooting of 21-year-old at Indy apartment


INDIANAPOLIS — One man is dead following a shooting inside an apartment building on Indy’s south side.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Elijah Mitchell.

Neighbors said they heard arguing coming from one of the apartments inside the building, followed by the shooting.

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Just before 5:30 Friday morning, police were called to the Hanna Bluff apartments and found Mitchell shot inside. The 21-year-old died on scene.

Police believe everyone involved in the case has been accounted for, and one woman was taken into custody for questioning.

The deadly shooting continued what has been a violent week in the city. Starting Tuesday at an apartment complex on the northwest side, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has investigated four homicides over the last four days.

“There’s still work that needs to be done. One homicide is one too many. We will always say that trying to resolve anything with guns is never the answer,” said IMPD Officer Samone Burris.

“The bottom line is this is not just a police problem. This is a community problem,” said IMPD Assistant Chief Chris Bailey on Thursday.

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While police said the exact relationship between the suspect and the victim in the shooting on Hanna is still being determined, Bailey said this week that preventing issues of domestic violence will be a top priority for the department in 2023.

“You’re going to see a greater emphasis from us next year on domestic violence offenders. Not just people that are shooting in domestic violence, but those who meet a criteria that has been proven they are either going to be a victim of homicide or they’re going to commit a homicide,” explained Bailey.

Following the overnight shooting, one small child was removed from the home. Victims Assistance will work with the Department of Child Services to ensure that child is safe. The child was not physically harmed in any way.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Detective Gary Toms at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Alternatively, they can call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 to remain anonymous.

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c payne

Ok......make-it-make-sense.Didn't IMPD just spend millions of taxpayer's dollars on sophisticated "Gun-shot" technology?The spokesperson on the gun-shot technology, made it seem like IMPD would be there in seconds, to "Investigate" & prevent additional gun crime in the vicinity. this story, IMPD keeps the same narrative of guns being used in the Community.....which makes "Gun-shot" technology, a waste of time & money.


I know what I'm about to say it's easier said than done but if you're in the confrontation with someone and you see it's getting out of hand be the better person and walk away

Brenda Halcomb

officer Bailey we'll see that everything will be taken care of he is a very good officer very good person and a very good friend to many of us out here


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