INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Detectives in Indianapolis are reviewing the details of a shooting that left a man in serious condition Friday morning.
It happened around 11:15 a.m. in the 3700 block of Linwood Avenue. Police say the victim tried to sell his cell phone to the suspect in a Craigslist deal. The suspect had the seller meet up with him outside of a vacant home.
Police say once the victim met up with the suspect it quickly turned into a robbery. Witnesses tell police the suspect forced the victim back inside his car at gunpoint. A struggle quickly followed, with the suspect shooting the victim three times. Crews rushed the victim to a local hospital.
Residents in that neighborhood told police they’ve seen people in front of the vacant home in the past.
“If you’re looking to buy a phone, go directly to the store or outlet to buy the phone,” said a resident who did not want to be identified. “Don’t buy the phone if you’re trying to save money, you’ll actually lose your life.”
Late last year, Jim Vester answered a Craigslist ad to purchase an iPad. When Vester arrived to purchase the device, two brothers robbed, shot and killed him.
Police later arrested two teenage brothers, Tyron Kincade,19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, for the murder.
Investigators have a very vague description of the suspect in this latest Craigslist robbery. It’s believed the suspect drove away in a Dodge Charger or Challenger at a high rate of speed.
When purchasing items on Craigslist, it’s best to meet in a populated area or even at a police station.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS (8477).