INDIANAPOLIS - One man was fatally shot in the Coke Lot near Indianapolis Motor Speedway early Saturday and another was in custody on murder charges.
The shooting was reported about 2:30 a.m. in Lot 1C, where hundreds of people were camping out ahead of the Indy 500 race scheduled for Sunday.
The victim was identified as Max Levine, 25, of Kokomo, a carpentry student at Ivy Tech and father to a 3-year-old girl.
Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that they had arrested 19-year-old Avory Johnson, of Indianapolis, on murder charges in connection with the shooting.
Despite the shooting, people continued to stream into the Coke Lot throughout the day, and many of those we talked to said it wouldn't deter their plans.
"I think if you stay away from the areas where there's large crowds and idiots, you'll be fine," said Don Vincent, who came down from Chicago for the race.
Not everyone agrees. In a blog post this morning, a Zionsville woman who camped overnight in the Coke Lot painted a far different picture.
She wrote of "fights galore" and said she packed up and went home after hearing "loud bangs."
"It was one of the scariest, violent crowd incidents I've ever witnessed," the blog post says.
Speedway police are calling the incident unfortunate, but say they aren't charging their security plan for the race.
"We do end up there on occasion to calm down some of the issues that come about, because it might be excessive drinking," said Speedway Police Lt. Trent Theobald. "But not normally do we see anything of this magnitude. It's unfortunate."
Theobald said Speedway police will be assisted by Indiana State Police, IMPD and the Marion County Sheriff's Department in their security efforts Saturday night and Sunday.
"Between all the agencies that will be out there tonight, they're going to do their best to make sure it's as peaceful as it can be," he said.
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