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Indianapolis riots leave 2 dead after 'multiple shootings' reported - downtown, buildings damaged

Posted: May 31st, 2020 - 2:25 pm

Two people were killed after "multiple shootings" were reported in downtown Indianapolis Saturday night into early Sunday morning as protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned into violent riots.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said one of the shootings happened around 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Talbot and Market streets, in the heart of the downtown area.

"Enough is enough," IMPD Police Chief Randal Taylor told reporters shortly before midnight. "Indianapolis, we are better than this. Downtown is not safe at this time. Residents who do not live in the downtown area, we’re asking to please vacate the area.”


Between 11:45 p.m. and 3 a.m., five people were reportedly shot throughout the city, three of whom died. Officials clarified at a news conference Sunday morning that two of the deaths took place downtown after the protests became dangerous for a second straight night in Indianapolis.

Taylor confirmed that two people died in the downtown shootings. In addition to those who died, one officer was injured and at least 29 arrests were reported.

Earlier in the evening, the IMPD put out an advisory, telling residents to avoid the downtown area.

we are investigating multiple shootings Downtown. These are NOT officer-involved incidents. IMPD officers have not fired shots tonight.

Downtown is not safe at this time. Residents are advised to avoid the area.

Police said officers fired no shots during the overnight hours.

The protests over the police violence against black Americans in Indianapolis started calm Saturday afternoon, as demonstrators gathered in the afternoon in the city's Monument Circle.

But after sunset, tension began to rise and the protests turned violent, with people breaking windows and setting fires, FOX59 reported.

Taylor told reporters that such behavior wouldn't be tolerated, urging everyone to go home.

“If you’re still down here tonight you are more than likely into something that you shouldn’t be and we want you to go home,” he said.

Buildings in the city's downtown were damaged, officers deployed tear gas and at least one business was briefly on fire....

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