Two Indianapolis shootings targeting law
enforcement possibly linked
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[October 15, 2016]
By Timothy Mclaughlin
(Reuters) - Two shootings this month
targeting police in Indianapolis may be related, police said on Friday,
a day after shots again struck law enforcement offices in the Indiana
In both Thursday's shooting and a similar incident on Oct. 4, officers
were in the buildings that were hit but none were injured, police said.
According to a police statement, "initial investigative information
points to the same suspect (or suspects)" involved in the earlier
shooting, which targeted the department's Northwest District Police
The shootings come at a time of intense debate over policing in the
United States and use of excessive force against minorities, with
numerous cities grappling with how to improve strained relations between
law enforcement and citizens.
On Thursday around 11 p.m. local time, officers inside the Indianapolis
Metropolitan Police Department's North District Headquarters heard shots
and took cover, the statement said.
They did not find a suspect but witnesses heard a vehicle speeding away.
Walls and windows sustained damage and a vehicle in the parking lot was
also hit, it said.
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Sergeant Kendale Adams, spokesman for the department, said on Friday
police did not know how many shots were fired or how many hit the
building. Adams said police do not have a motive for believe the
shooting is linked to the earlier incident.
Police Chief Troy Riggs said multiple rounds hit the building in the
first incident and asked the public for help in identifying the
"An armed attack on police headquarter is an attack on our
community. Make no mistake, it is an attack on Indianapolis itself,"
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said at a news conference after the
(Reporting by Timothy McLaughlin in Chicago; Editing by James
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