Neighbors in the Anderson community near West 60th Street said they are angry and heartbroken, after two horses were shot multiple times in an area field. They said the worst part is that it all happened in broad daylight.
Two show horses shot multiple times with a shotgun and 40-caliber bullets.
"It has to be somebody with a psychopathic mentality,” said Bob Orebaugh. “Just somebody that does not have a conscience."
Bob Orebaugh owns the pasture where it all happened. He was the first one to see just how bad it was.
"It had been pelted with buckshot,” said Orebaugh. “The other horse just had bullet holes in it. Two bullet holes in it."
A 6-year-old gelding was killed, a 3-year-old mare is in stable condition with Purdue University's animal sciences division. The animals were worth $25,000 apiece. The big question is, who would do something like this?
"Somebody probably showing off for their friends,” said Orebaugh. “It is cruel, a really cruel person who did this to someone's personal property."
The shooting happened yesterday afternoon on a pretty busy stretch of West 60th Street. Still, police have little to go on.
"We are seeking the public's help," said Anderson Police Lieutenant Joel Sandefur.
Investigators are trying to find whoever did this, all the while fearing the gunman may be looking for a new target.
"We do not know the specific answer to that,” said Lt. Sandefur. “Whether this man's livestock was intentionally targeted, or it if was at random. We do know it does not look like an accident by what evidence was left at the scene."
Orebaugh said the neighborhood will never be the same.
"For the time being we will be on heightened alert until things kind of subside,” said Orebaugh. “It was a shocker to the entire neighborhood."
If there is a silver-lining in this terrible event, it is this: usually there are four horses out in the field where it happened. When the shooting happened there were only two. The other two horses are safe.
If you have any information about what happened, call Anderson CrimeStoppers, the number is (765)649-8310.