One man is recovering from a bullet wound after a shooting along Broad Ripple Avenue that has police and merchants worried that downtown violence is moving north to the village.
Scott Orington, 38, was in the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Thursday when he spotted a group of young people half a block away in an altercation.
Orington was wounded in the left side though the bullet passed through and did not hit any organs.
"I've never been shot before so to see a bullet like that come out of me, it was kind of scary."
Two bullet holes dotted the window at Za Pizza.
"Honestly, just another day in Broad Ripple," said Serena Easton as she took a break from making pizzas to survey the damage. "Something like this almost always happens. They should be more careful about whether they carry firearms in the first place or just in general."
Metro police arrested Jamal Headen, 19, who was subdued with a stun gun as he reportedly fought with a downed police officer. Scattered around Headen's feet were several spent bullet shells. A .38 handgun was also found in a nearby bush.
Merchants, community sources and IMPD all fear that armed youth are making Broad Ripple their new hangout this summer.
After a St. Patrick's Day shooting on the downtown Canal wounded five people this spring, IMPD has been stepping up patrols in the city's center, monitoring groups of young people on Saturday night's and preventing teenagers from loitering which can lead to confrontations.
Officers kept crowds moving downtown during the annual July 4th celebration which may have contributed to a lack of violence after the fireworks display.
IMPD Interim Chief Rick Hite told Fox59 News his command staff is already revamping its strategy for keeping the peace in Broad Ripple this summer. Sources indicate that while there is a strong off-duty presence of officers hired by bars, there needs to be more patrolling of the crowds to prevent loitering and the type of violence that broke out early Thursday morning.