Two Teens Arrested In Indy Clothing Store Shooting

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Two Teens Arrested In Indy Clothing Store Shooting

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (RTV6) -- Indianapolis police arrested two teenagers after a Sunday shooting that left one person hurt and another dead.

At roughly 2:41 p.m., IMPD officers were alerted to multiple shootings at the Body Gear location on the 2800 block of East 38th Street.

UPDATE Monday morning: IMPD has arrested Deaundre Graves, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old on preliminary charges of murder and robbery.

Officers arrived at the Body Gear Sunday afternoon to find two people inside suffering from gunshot wounds. One, a male, had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

The male victim, identified as 36-year-old Ho Lee, of Noblesville, was transported to Eskenazi Health in critical condition. IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams confirmed Lee later died of his injuries.

The female victim, 19-year-old Diamond Slaughter, of Indianapolis, was also taken to Eskenazi with a gunshot wound to the leg. She was reportedly in good condition as of Sunday evening.

Witnesses said Lee was shot when he tried to stop several suspects from shoplifting. Lee was a family friend of the owners of the clothing store, according to police.

"I came down and saw him lying there and started ripping T-shirts and (putting) compresses on his face to stop the bleeding," said a witness who asked not to be named.

The shooting stemmed from an apparent shoplifting attempt, according to witnesses.

"I guess some dudes (came) in to rob the place and it just went haywire," said Antonio Sanders, the brother of Slaughter.

Adams said four to six people ran from the business after the shootings.

"There was a disturbance in the store over stolen items and then there were shots fired as employees engaged the suspects that indeed were accused of stealing the materials," Adams said.

Officers located one man matching the description walking not far from the crime scene. When officers attempted to stop the subject, they say he ran and pointed a gun at police.

When the officer drew his service weapon in return, police say the robber dropped the gun and surrendered.

Another person was taken into custody at the Challenge Foundation Academy at 3900 Meadows Drive.

Alana Moore said one of the robbers ran past her trying to get away.

"He dropped some of the clothes and I slowed down and he came back and looked at me, and he saw me looking at him," Moore said.

Police said both of those people were detained with items believed to have been stolen from the business. Four other robbers are still at large.

IMPD said the juvenile who has been arrested will not be named until he is arrested as an adult.




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