Deadly shot overnight from the northeast side
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a deadly shootout in the northeastern city of the city on Thursday morning.
The IMPD said officers were dispatched to Radnor Road block 5800 around 1 a.m. for a report on the shots fired. As officers responded, police said dispatch received additional calls, including one possibly from the victim, who said he was shot.
The victim, who was identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office as 20-year-old Koebe Clopton, was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The University of Indianapolis confirmed that Clopton was a student and released a statement on his death on Thursday:
“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Koebe Clopton. Koebe was a junior at Indianapolis University and a member of the UIndy football team. Our main concern is with Koebe’s family, friends and others who are mourning his loss. We are ready to help them with any advice or additional resources they may need and have mobilized our counseling services to be available to anyone in our community who may need them. Our student affairs office will coordinate advisory resources to members of our university community who feel touched by this event. We are a tight-knit community and we are devastated by the loss of Koebe, who was a member of our UIndy family. This loss reminds us of how precious life is and the importance of supporting each other in times of unexpected tragedy. “
Robert L. Manuel President, University of Indianapolis
According to a spokesperson for UIndy, Clopton was a member of the school’s football team for his first two years. He joined the team as a freshman in 2019 and left in March.
Information on the shooting remains limited as police investigate the circumstances surrounding what happened. The IMPD said detectives were investigating a car that was in the area at the time and working to determine if it could be involved.
“It’s important that we always encourage everyone in this region to call if they know anything,” said Genae Cook, public information officer for the IMPD.
Cook said any information, no matter how small, could be of use to detectives investigating the case. This includes any video from home surveillance cameras or doorbell cameras that may have picked up on a person or vehicle that was in the area at the time.
“We are given a bunch of pieces and what we try to do is put everything in one picture and so until that picture is formed we still need the help of the community,” a- she declared. “Sometimes placing a person in this area is all we need.”
With more than 170 homicides judged of a criminal nature in 2021, IMPD reminds us that these acts of violence have a significant impact on the friends, families and relatives of the person killed.
“This is not another title for those concerned. Families who have to attend the funeral, families who are changed by the death of a person or even simply by a criminal act against a person, ”said Cook.
According to Morton High School’s head football coach Mac Mishler, who was Clopton’s high school receivers coach, he was a well-respected member of the Hammond school and community.
“Koebe was a great boy, no other way to describe him. He was an excellent student academically, a great athlete, but more than that, he was a great person who had a passion for others.” , Mishler said.
He described Clopton as someone who was “everyone’s biggest fan” and said he always wanted to see others succeed and help them do it in any way he could.
“He was driven to succeed himself and had big goals and dreamed of improving his situation and that of his family. His work ethic has led him to be excellent at whatever he chooses. There was no doubt in my mind that Koebe was going to be one of those successful kids, ”Mishler wrote. “He was one of those kids who, when you saw them every day, their presence made you smile because it made your day better.”
“He was an example for other children in our community to follow. “
According to Mishler, Clopton graduated in 2019 from Morton High School.
Community organization 4 Quarters 4 Life said Koebe was a “brilliant young man,” who they said received his 2018 Tera Weems Character Award.
“Koebe was a leader in the Hammond community, wise beyond his years. He seemed to understand that character mattered and he was part of our organization anyway, he was the one spreading that message, ”the organization explained.
A spokesperson for the community organization 4 Quarters 4 Life told FOX59 that Clopton received a college scholarship from Indiana University, but due to his love of football he chose to go to UIndy. , where he was the team’s preferred replacement in 2019.
“Many couldn’t believe he chose to march to Indiana University against the full Indiana University scholarship, but he had a passion for football and a strong belief that with hard work , everything was possible, ”they shared. “I don’t know who did this, but whoever ripped a giant out of family, friends and a community that needed to see him succeed.”
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified publicly for safety’s sake, said she did not know Clopton or his family, but her heart ached for her relatives, friends and classmates.
“To find out now that he was a 20-year-old, I mean he’s younger than my own kids, and his life just died out,” she said. “It’s really sad with the violence and guns and everything,” she said. ” I do not know them ; I do not know the family but I will also pray for the one who did it for his conscience.
“It’s inhuman, it’s like no one, they don’t really care about taking a human life,” she said. “Even if it was an accidental shooting or something, stay with that person and try to help them.”
The woman hopes whoever did this will report to the police or anyone with information that could help the young man’s family get answers and get justice.
“We are neither a judge nor a jury and we cannot take or give a life,” she added.
Neighbors who spoke to FOX59 News on and off camera said the shooting and a violent crime of this nature was not characteristic of the neighborhood. less safe neighborhood.
“It’s a quiet neighborhood. This is the main reason I moved here because it was a quiet area, even in apartment buildings you feel safe, ”said the neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, noting that while she once felt safe walking around or letting the children play outside, she no longer does.
The shooting is still under investigation by the IMPD. Police are asking anyone with information to call Detective Brad Nuetzman at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email [email protected]
For those who wish to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS or by visiting their website, here.
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