An early-morning shooting
in the heart of Broad Ripple has left area leaders grappling with growing crime in the popular entertainment district.
Scott Orington, 38, who police described as an innocent bystander, was shot after a fight broke out in the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue just after 2 a.m. Thursday, police said.
Jamal Headen, 19, was later arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, battery and resisting arrest.
Broad Ripple merchants said they've seen to a growing element of large crowds of young people who don't patronize the bars and restaurants, but who rather seem to want to loiter and cause trouble.
"In recent months, business owners and IMPD have increased security and patrols in the Broad Ripple Village during late night hours in response to an increase in loitering and other criminal activities," the Broad Ripple Village Association said in a statement. "Last night's shooting was an unfortunate incident."
Two bullet holes through a window at ZA Pizza at 801 Broad Ripple Ave. indicate the damage could have been far worse.
"If that would have happened on a Friday or Saturday night, my heart sinks to think of what could have happened," said owner Jason McGivern.
Rob Sabatini, president of the Broad Ripple Bar Association, said conflict has been brewing in Broad Ripple for some time.
"It just seems like a real criminal element has taken over Broad Ripple, really," he said. "I've warned people that there was going to be a shooting up here for the last month. So, it's not like it's an, 'I told you so' situation, but it was inevitable that something bad was going to happen up here."
The Broad Ripple Village Association said it is talking to businesses about the incident and working with police to reduce crime in the area.
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