Suicide pact suspected in shooting that left 1 man dead, another critically injured

Police: Apparent suicide pact between two men

INDIANAPOLIS - One man was killed and another critically injured in an apparent suicide pact Tuesday afternoon near Madison and Edgewood avenues in Indianapolis, police confirmed.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire sometime before 3 p.m. Tuesday in a strip shopping center near the intersection of Madison and Edgewood.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said the men were circling the lot together in a mini-van when their car stopped and the driver got out.

IMPD officer Chris Wilburn said the driver methodically removed his passenger and placed him in a wheelchair, then shot him twice in the head, killing him.

He then turned the gun on himself, police said, but he was still alive when medics arrived.

Wilburn said several suicide notes were found, indicating at least one of the men wanted to "end the suffering" and other problems in his life. The notes indicated the writer wanted to end his life in a very public place and in a public way, Wilburn said.

Investigators said while it was unclear which of the men wrote the notes, it appeared they were both working with one another in the suicide plan.

The ages of the men were not immediately known by detectives, and police did not release what the notes may have revealed about any disabilities or health problems leading up to the men's decision Tuesday afternoon.

The shooter was in critical condition when he was found and was transported to Eskenazi Health.

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