Two people shot dead at historic Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, police say

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Indianapolis police say two people were shot and injured at a Jewish community center on Hoover Road on Saturday afternoon.

The two victims, identified only as adult males, were hospitalized with gunshot wounds in stable condition, police said. They had been treated by at least one Good Samaritan before first responders arrived – and one had been placed in a tourniquet.

The shooting happened around 2 p.m. ET. About 30 minutes later, police said they ruled out a possible hate crime or religious motivation in the incident.

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Police sealed off the area surrounding the JCC at 6701 Hoover Road, but said there was “no continuing threat”. Despite this, just after 5 p.m. they said the suspect was still at large.

Police said their preliminary investigation determined the shooting resulted from an argument during a basketball game at a gymnasium inside the building.

“The basketball game was part of the facility’s gymnasium free time,” police said. “There is no indication that this incident was religiously motivated or in any way a hate crime.”

Detectives were looking at surveillance video and other forensic evidence related to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Roberto Sanchez at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS to remain anonymous.

Additional information about the suspect and the victims was not immediately available.

The JCC is a 108 year old community center. There is no requirement that its members belong to the Jewish faith.

The JCC did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the JCC is now closed,” said an automated response.

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Callers were urged to monitor the JCC website or call back later for updates.

Police said parents picking up their children should use Gate 3 on the north side of the building.

This is a developing story. Stay with Fox News Digital for updates.


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