Police investigate shots fired in car in Greenwood Park Mall lot

No injuries reported, suspect in custody

GREENWOOD, Ind. - Police are investigating a shooting incident that took place outside Greenwood Park Mall Saturday afternoon, and one suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.

Police said a John Sanders, 27, of Indianapolis, fired a gun inside of a car during an altercation just after 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the south side mall.

Detectives with the Greenwood Police Department believe that Sanders and two potential accomplices met with two other men to purchase marijuana, police said.

A media release said all five were sitting in a parked car when Sanders pulled a handgun.

When one of the men in the front attempted to flee from the vehicle, Sanders discharged the firearm inside the parked car, but missed his intended victim and hit the car instead, police said.

A Greenwood patrolman quickly located Sanders and took him into custody.

Sanders was in possession of a 9mm handgun and a quantity of marijuana, the release said.

Police said he was wanted on a warrant out of Johnson County for criminal mischief.

During his interview with a detective from the Greenwood Police Department, Sanders admitted to attempting to shoot the victim, police said.

Investigators said Sanders told officers that he was there to purchase marijuana from the victim and he thought the victim was reaching for a weapon so he shot at him and that robbery was not his intention.

Sanders was initially arrested on the arrest warrant and on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Police said Sanders was later charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm (loaded), possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun without a license.

Police said the car involved in the incident was taken away.

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