BEECH GROVE, Ind. - Police were still searching for the suspect who shot and robbed a man in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot in Beech Grove on Monday evening.
The incident happened in the 4600 block of South Emerson Avenue around 6:30 p.m., officials with the Beech Grove Police Department said.
Police said 22-year-old Jacob Faulkner was shot in the arm and chest in the apparent preplanned robbery. He was still recuperating in a hospital Tuesday.
Officials said the passenger in Faulkner’s truck, 27-year-old Daniel Witter, was not injured.
At first, police believed the men were making an exchange that started on Craigslist. Authorities thought the men were meeting in the parking lot to make the sale. Detectives no longer believe that’s the case.
Police said the men did not know each other, but through a mutual contact, the suspects agreed to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of cellphones from Faulkner at Witter. It was unclear how the men got those phones. The suspects got away with the victim’s pickup truck along with two rifles and two pistols.
Selling property in public places is a common practice. Joe Bishop said that his wife has safely done it through Facebook.
"Because it's public and people want to do it in public. You don't go to someone's house that you don't know," Bishop said.
Detectives were looking for the two men who stole the victim’s black 2008 Chevrolet Silverado with license plate TK675MCA.
Police said there could have been an exchange of gunfire inside the truck so there could be several bullet holes inside the vehicle.
Anyone with information about the vehicles should call Beech Grove police at 317-782-4934.