Shootings raise questions about Coke Lot security

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After two shootings at the Coke Lot over race weekend, some people are questioning whether or not it’s safe to camp at the site.

25-year-old Max Levine was killed after being shot in the Coke Lot, and another man was critically injured after a shooting that stemmed from a robbery.

Officers from Speedway Police and Indiana State Police told WANE’s sister station WISH they will meet over the next few weeks to discuss race weekend, and decide if they need to make any changes before the next race.

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But these incidents have put some campers on high alert. Many of them worried about the impression Indy is making on out-of-town visitors.

“Makes me, quite frankly, embarrassed to be part of this city and part of this great race and have these things happen to all these great and wonderful people who come out here to spend their race weekend and enjoy the Indy 500 festivities,” said camper Joe Willing.

Willing has camped at the Coke Lot for 19 years at the same spot, near 25th and Georgetown Road.

“You know the last three to four years, it’s been getting a little bit scarier,” said Willing.

The last race weekend shooting was in 2012, when one man was shot at 25th and Georgetown. He survived.

Willing says he believes a bigger police presence inside the Coke Lot, would make a difference.

“They don’t have the equipment. Golf carts, and four-wheelers and things to show that their presence is out here. They’re mostly on the gates driving around,” said Willing.

Dozens of state troopers did patrol the Coke Lot Saturday night, along with under-cover troopers and Speedway officers.

Police still say despite the shootings, it was a relatively calm weekend. State Police only made one arrest Sunday for pick-pocketing. Over the entire weekend, Speedway arrested 24 people, most on drug or alcohol charges. State Excise officers arrested 211 people.

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