Baseball-bat beating, deadly gunfight follow dispute at Sunday family cookout in Indianapolis

1 dead, 2 hospitalized

INDIANAPOLIS - One man is dead and two people are in the hospital following a gun battle stemming from a dispute that began Sunday at a family cookout on the southwest side of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis police (IMPD) officer Rafael Diaz tells RTV6’s Anne Kelly the shootout happened just after 12:15 a.m. Monday in a driveway of a home in the 3100 block of South McClure Street. (See map below.)

IMPD said Wendell Vanbuskirk, 47, was shot and killed in the exchange.

Lisa Farley, 47, of Indianapolis, was shot in the face and taken to Eskenazi Health in critical condition.

Another man, 34-year-old Aridith Curbeaux, was also hit in the head and shoulder areas and was taken to IU-Health Methodist in critical condition.

Diaz and family members on the scene of the shooting said the trouble began earlier in the day Sunday at a family gathering at the South McClure home of Quincy Franklin, 52.

Witnesses said Vanbuskirk had been at the cookout and had been fighting with his fiancee, Franklin's daughter. Vanbuskirk was told to leave.

Diaz and family members said he returned overnight with two other men and got out of his truck with a bat in hand. In the driveway of the home, Vanbuskirk reportedly began to beat his fiancee’s mother -- Lisa Farley -- with the bat.

That’s when the gunfire began, witnesses said. Diaz said Franklin opened fire on Vanbuskirk. That prompted the men in the truck to shoot at the home.

IMPD said the shooting left Vanbuskirk dead. Farley, in addition to being beaten with the bat, was shot in the face in the exchange and taken to the hospital.

Curbeaux is reportedly Vanbuskirk's nephew, and he was driven to the hospital by a friend.

The other man in the truck was Vanbuskirk's other nephew, Joshua Curbeaux, 30. He was not injured.

Police said it isn’t clear yet whose bullets hit the victims, but there were multiple guns involved.

The witnesses we spoke with on the scene said they suspected alcohol likely was a factor in the men’s violent behavior.

Investigators said they're canvassing to find other witnesses who can help them get the details on the incidents.

If you have information on this dispute and shooting, you’re urged to report it to police at 317-327-3811. You can also always report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or online at Tips can also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637.

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