Three dead in late night shooting on far east side

Identities of victims released

INDIANAPOLIS - A second shooting in the area late Sunday evening claimed three lives. No suspects had been identified as of early Monday, detectives said.

Indianapolis police (IMPD) detectives were investigating the shooting at roughly 11:30 p.m. Sunday at an apartment in the 9500 block of Shoreland Court, just south of Interstate 70 between Post and Mitthoeffer Roads.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found one man outside an apartment complex. The man had a gunshot wound and was shortly pronounced dead by EMS workers. IMPD said another man and a woman were found inside the apartment; they were both also fatally shot.

The two male victims were identified as James Czajkowski, 59, and Stephen Herold, 58. The female victim was identified as Martha Zulugla, 53.

Neighbors on the scene told RTV6's Anne Kelly they heard a total of five gunshots: two shots, a pause, and then three more.

As of 2:30 a.m. Monday, IMPD detectives said they had not been able to identify the shooter or shooters but are pursuing several leads in the investigation. 

Police said detectives found suspected narcotic evidence inside the apartment, and they don't think these deaths were random.

Back in September of 2013, this same apartment complex was the scene of another shooting death.


The three deaths marked eight people shot in 24 hours in Indianapolis (one of those was a suicide).

Earlier Sunday, one person was shot dead and another injured by gunfire on 38th Street in Indianapolis. Plus, IMPD tells Anne Kelly that Sunday evening, two more people brought themselves to the hospital with gunshot wounds. There was also a gun-related suicide, police said.

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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