INDIANAPOLIS -- “The guy who shot me is in my phone as ‘BP,’” Ronnie Campbell told paramedics as they loaded him into an ambulance.
Hours later, the 38-year-old was pronounced dead, and his occasional weed client “BPcat” – identified by police as 22-year-old Shajuan Biddings – was one of two men being held on preliminary charges for his murder.
Police were on Biddings’ trail, and the trail of a second suspect, 19-year-old Kejuan Ford, from the moment the fatal shots were fired.
In a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday, IMPD Officer Nicholas Snow says he heard gunshots while sitting at the intersection of 34th Street and Moller Road around 7 p.m. Monday.
The officer saw a man in a gray shirt and black shorts running southbound from the BP gas station at the intersection, and then saw a black Chevy Monte Carlo take off the same way – stopping long enough in the middle of the intersection at Patricia Street and Norfolk Street to allow a passenger to jump out and run off.
Snow gave chase, and noticed the initial man on foot appeared to be holding a handgun.
With other responding officers’ help, Snow conducted a high-risk vehicle stop on the fleeing Monte Carlo. The driver, later identified as Biddings’ juvenile brother, was placed in handcuffs.
Ronnie Campbell, 38, was shot and killed near 34th Street & Moller Road on Monday. Yesterday, @MCProsecutors charged Kejuan Ford, 19, and Shajuan Biddings, 22, with his murder. pic.twitter.com/OQKNxSBHz2
The two men who fled on foot, identified by police as Biddings and Ford, were also eventually taken into custody without further incident.
First responders who arrived at the BP station found Campbell suffering from at least one gunshot wound, which eventually proved to be fatal.
Inside Campbell’s car, police found a large amount of marijuana, along with three spent .380-auto cartridge casings.
Biddings was transported to the IMPD Homicide Office where, in an interview, police say he admitted he and Ford had conspired to rob Campbell.
According to the affidavit, Biddings said he had met with Campbell at the gas station a few times in the past to buy weed. On Monday, he had allegedly arranged to buy a larger amount for $400.
Police say Biddings told them he and Ford, who he knew as “K.J.,” had traveled together to the scene. Surveillance video recovered from the gas station, according to the affidavit, shows the black Monte Carlo pulling up to the station and Biddings exiting and then getting into Campbell’s vehicle. Police say Ford is visible on the video approaching the car a short time later.
In the video, police say, Ford opens the passenger-side door of Campbell’s vehicle and leans inside. He and Biddings are then seen running from the scene – Ford into the Monte Carlo, which takes off, and Biddings southbound on foot. Campbell can then be seen stumbling out of the driver’s side door and attempting to run northeast.
Following the interview, Biddings and Ford were booked into the Marion County Jail on preliminary charges of murder. Biddings’ brother was transported to the juvenile center.
On Thursday, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of murder and robbery resulting in bodily injury against the men. Ford faces additional charges of carrying a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement.
Marion County court records show Ford also faces charges of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a handgun in connection with a previous, unrelated case from August 2017.
It was not immediately clear what counts, if any, Biddings’ juvenile brother might face.
Both Ford and Biddings appeared in court Friday for an initial hearing. As of Friday afternoon, they were being held at the Marion County Jail without bond.