Police: Victim shot in head on west side

Shooting occurred just north of the airport

INDIANAPOLIS - Detectives are still investigating a shooting on Indianapolis' west side Saturday that left a man clinging to life.

IMPD dispatchers received reports of shots fired just after 3 p.m. Saturday on the 6200 block of West Washington Street, just west of I-465 and north of the airport at the Regal 8 Inn.

When officers arrived, they found a male victim with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The victim was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Ryan Plew, who was at the hotel at the time, said he heard the shots fired.

"I was just in the room. We heard a gunshot – a loud pop. That was it," Plew said. "Then police swarmed this place."

Police said they believe two suspects approached the victim, resulting in gunfire. A motive hasn't been offered.

The suspects are described as a Hispanic or white male in his late 20s or early 30s and a black male in his late 20s or early 30s.

One of the suspects drove off in the victim's green Nissan Altima, which was abandoned a short distance from the incident. The other suspect is believed to have driven away in a black Chevrolet Impala.

Police said one of the suspects is believed to have a rosary tattoo on his neck.

Jeffrey Harkins told RTV6 he's rethinking his stay at the hotel.

"I'm outta here as soon as possible now because that ain't good," Harkins said. "I think somebody has been shot in my room before. It looks like the door has been kicked in. You can tell there are bullet holes that have been patched up in my room."

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call IMPD detectives at 317-327-3475.

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