2 teens charged in shooting death at 38th-Street clothing store

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police arrested two teenagers after a Sunday shooting that left one person hurt and another dead. Wednesday, they were formally charged.

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 Wednesday morning: IMPD has arrested Deaundre Graves, 18, and Jeffery Rhodes, 17, on preliminary charges of murder and robbery. They were formally charged Wednesday morning.

Graves was charged with murder, robbery, battery and carrying a handgun without a license; Rhodes was charged with 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 (Graves and Rhodes) were detained with items believed to have been stolen from the business. Four other robbers are still at large.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to report it to police at 317-327-3811 or report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS). Tips may also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637.

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