Update: The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the decedents as Damion Cornelius, 29, and Aushette Thompson, 28, on Jan. 5, 2022.
Original: Two men were killed and another was wounded after what police are calling a "family disturbance" at an apartment complex near West 73rd Street on the north side of Indianapolis ended in gunfire Dec. 30, 2021.
Officers arriving to the Meridian Lakes Apartments shortly after 5:30 p.m. found a man shot to death on the sidewalk outside a row of homes in the 7300 block of Meridian Hills Court. As police arrived, two other men showed up to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. One died soon after, police said, and the other was listed in stable condition.
Preliminary information leads detectives to believe "some type of family disturbance" preceded the shooting, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Genae Cook. Investigators at the scene had not yet determined what role the three people played, but detectives believe everyone involved in the shooting "has been accounted for," Cook said.
The three people who were shot knew each other, Cook added, but their exact relationships were not immediately clear.
"We are currently gathering information, attempting to identify each and every one involved and exactly what led to this incident," Cook told reporters.
Andrew Bishop, who lives in an apartment building across the street from where the shooting occurred, told IndyStar he was in his home when he heard one gunshot, followed by about eight or nine more shots in quick succession. He ran to his bathroom, he said, and called 911.
"I had kind of cracked my door open, and I heard screaming and a bunch of cars leaving the area," Bishop said. "It was as if maybe two people were shooting at the same time," he added of the gunshots. "It was too fast to be a single guy."
Detectives in the hours after the shooting taped off the street where the man lay dead on the sidewalk. A handful of residents stood outside the tape, waiting for police to let them back into their buildings nearby.
Bishop described the residents in the apartment complex as an "eclectic" bunch — including a mix of both older and younger people. There had been fires at the apartments last year, he said, but nothing like this shooting in the three years he's lived in the area.
"It's startling. Very startling," Bishop told IndyStar. "You hear about it all the time on the news, and you think: 'Oh, I moved to a fairly safe area.' And then something like this happens while you're home."
"Fear just kind of consumes your body," he added of hearing the shots. "You can't quite process what had happened until after it happened."
Cook at the scene noted tensions within families seem to be higher during the holidays.
"We just ask everybody to take a step back, take a moment, take a deep breath and walk away from any type of incident before something tragic like this happens," she said.
The killings brought Indianapolis to 271 homicides for the year with just one more day left in 2021.
And the shooting was just the latest in a week that has seen eight people die from gun violence since Sunday.
"Anything (else) you can do to resolve... conflict," Cook said Thursday, "is best."
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indianapolis crime: Coroner IDs men killed at Meridian Lakes Apartments