As it turns out, Simeon Adams had been on quite a crime spree before the shooting. On March 22, Adams allegedly robbed a gun store. On March 30, Adams shot Erick Douglas twice during an altercation outside a business in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Adams used the same handgun he used on Douglas to fatally shoot Trapuzzano two days later. Police found Adams with a gunshot wound to his neck 17 hours after he shot Trapuzzano at a residence on West 35th Street, which had been the scene of another shooting only a week earlier. Adams has been transferred to the juvenile detention center where he is recovering from his own gunshot wound after he was treated at Eskenazi Hospital for his gunshot wound. News reports at the time of his shooting indicated that he was in critical condition when he was first admitted to the hospital.
IMPD credited assistance from the community with the murder investigation, which was coordinated by the Northwest and Southwest IMPD districts. Today's announcement made no mention of the second man shown on the surveillance camera approaching Trapuzzano at the same time as Adams right before he was fatally shot. Police Chief Rick Hite told reporters they know who the second man is but refused to identify him at this time. Adams, who is being charged as an adult, faces murder and attempted robbery charges for the fatal shooting of Trapuzzano, as well as attempted murder, aggravated battery and carrying a handgun without a license charges in connection with the shooting of Douglas. This Adams' kid already had a long rap sheet before these recent events, including gun violations, resisting law enforcement, burglary, auto theft and marijuana possession. Looks like our criminal justice system failed us again with deadly consequences. When will prosecutors and judges start taking responsibility for these senseless killings because of their refusal to deal appropriately with repeat criminal offenders, regardless of their age?
UPDATE: The British Daily Mail has more information than our Indianapolis news media. They identify Adams' accomplice as Martez "Duh-Duh" McGraw. They were also the first media outlet I've seen to find a photo of Simeon Adams, which was taken from a social media site. The story identifies Adams' nickname as "Red." The Daily Mail reports that Adams confessed to a friend that he shot Trapuzzano. He allegedly told the friend that he made Trapuzzano strip and that he shot him in the stomach when he leaned down to his shoes. Adams told his friend that Trapuzzano tried to tussle with him when he asked him why he was reaching for his shoes instead of stripping off his pants as he ordered him to do. That's when he said he shot him. "White man tried to tussle with me so I shot him," Adams told his friend. They had already stripped Trapuzzano of his sweater and t-shirt when they shot him. Adams' friend Marvell Robinson reported what Adams told him to police according to the report. When a good Samaritan responded to Trapuzzano's cries for help, the woman found him shirtless and shoeless, wearing only his jogging pants. He had fled from behind the tire shop building where his attacker forced him at gunpoint and then tried to make it to 16th Street to flag down passing motorists before he collapsed in the tire shop's parking lot. She described Trapuzzano as conscious but struggling to breath as he clutched his side where a small bullet entrance wound could be seen, but she said he was not bleeding much.