A gunman opened fire early Saturday morning in Indianapolis, sending victims scrambling for cover in a trendy neighborhood and leaving seven people injured, one critically, police and witnesses said. Investigators detained one person but would not immediately identify him or say whether he is a suspect in the shootings at Broad Ripple village, a cultural district in Indianapolis that features bars and restaurants, reported NBC affiliate WTHR. A police officer near the crime scene heard gunshots around 2:30 a.m., following a night of Fourth of July festivities, and found the victims already injured, the Indianapolis Star reported.
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Witness Bradley Knight told WTHR that he saw a "stampede" of people running after someone "started firing off shots." Six men and one woman were injured, and one of the victims remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday. Police are investigating what caused the shooting — the second in the last year to occur in the neighborhood. Tristan Crayton, 26, awaits trial for a shooting last August that injured four people in a Broad Ripple bar. He said he fired his weapon in self-defense.
Indianapolis Police officers armed with crowd dispersal weapons prepare to clear the Chase Bank parking lot in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, Ind. after a seven people were shot early Saturday morning on July 5.
First published July 5 2014, 9:49 AM