INDIANAPOLIS – An uneasy calm held in the streets of Indianapolis Thursday night following an apparent ambush during a funeral procession that left three people wounded – among them an alleged gang leader.
Members of the Ten Point Coalition were out in force Thursday night after an unknown gunman or gunmen opened fire on the funeral procession for 28-year-old Jasmine Moore.
Three people were hit by gunfire, including Moore’s cousin, alleged “Grundy Crew” leader Richard Grundy III.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Ten Point said the worry was that someone would try to retaliate on Grundy’s behalf. But those worries didn’t materialize Thursday night.
“Believe it or not, it was awful quiet, but there’s a lot of tension still,” said Ten Point’s Wallace Nash.
According to Nash, the people he spoke with expressed fear and anxiety that whatever feud saw Grundy shot would boil over into outright violence in the streets.
“We are pleading with these kids to not react,” Nash said. “Let the police department do their jobs. Do not react. We don’t want to see another innocent person shot or killed. We don’t want to see another baby lying in the street.”
Nash, who has worked with Ten Point for three years, said even during the most violent years in the city’s history, he’s never seen anyone attack a funeral procession.
“When you pull up and you’re shooting into a crowd of people, you’re going to hurt someone that’s really not involved with your situation,” he said. “There’s repercussions. You’ve got to pay for this. So stop hurting innocent people.”
Multiple sources told RTV6 Thursday night on condition of anonymity that Grundy had a $50,000 bounty placed on his head earlier this year by people who believe he or his alleged gang were involved in the deaths of their loved ones.
Prosecutors linked Grundy and his associates in October 2015 to at least seven homicides dating back to 2013. Since then, though, the majority of those charges have been dismissed due to evidentiary issues.
A source with knowledge of the Grundy family told RTV6 that the alleged gang leader has made plenty of enemies in the city.
“He’s hurt so many different families man, it’s just all kinds of people coming after this guy,” the source said. “It’s really a dangerous situation for our city, because wherever they see him, they’re going to shoot.”