A man was fatally shot in the Coke Lot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway early this morning. Several shots were fired after witnesses say a fight broke out between several individuals. Fox59 News reports that the victim, whose name has not been released, was found in an area where hundreds of people were camping out the night before the race with two gunshot wounds in the stomach and shoulder from which he later died. Police are questioning several persons of interest. This morning's shooting victim become the 62nd homicide victim this year, making it one of the most deadly years for homicides in recent memory.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 25-year old Max Levine of Kokomo.
You do know Speedway is it's own city with it's own mayor and police department don't you? Indy bashing is fun and all but .......
Hmmm. You would have thought this would be BREAKING NEWS on the local news outlets. Nope. We don't want to let anyone know crime occurs at the track. Amazing....
Speedway is also incorporated as a part of the city of Indianapolis. Their residents vote in the Indianapolis mayor and council races, pay taxes, etc.
Are the homicides in Lawrence and Speedway added to indianapolis' totals.... no, then what was the point of adding it in your post? Indy Bashing
Speedway is its own Municipality.
It is not Indianapolis.
Everyone who lives in Marion County is incorporated into the city limits of Indianapolis. Speedway may have its own police department and elected officials, but it is also counted and participates in Indianapolis' municipal government. This weekend, there are more IMPD police officers patrolling around the IMS than Speedway officers. The politicians include Speedway as part of Indianapolis when it suits them and tries to exclude them whenever there is any bad news to report.
It really cheapens the discussion to argue about whether the victim was actually killed in Indianapolis or in Speedway. To the victim's family, a tragic unnecessary death resulted regardless of which police agency had better jurisdiction to have attempted to have prevented it from happening.
You, my friend, are incorrect. There were more ISP troopers and MCSD deputies in the Coke Lot than IMPD officers. IMPD does not patrol outside their jurisdiction unless requested. The Coke lot sits squarely in the Speedway PD's jurisdiction. So, using your logic, we should blame Sheriff Layton and Governor Pence for the violence in the Coke lot! Why don't you grow a pair and look at the suspects in both these shootings. That is the real story here, when local thugs and hoodlums mingle among our vulnerable out-of-town race fans. Can't wait to hear Amos railing against racial profiling in the Coke lot next year.
Excuse me, but the only noticeable work performed by Marion County sheriff deputies at the race is escorting the sheriff's campaign contributors to and from the track at taxpayers' expense. IMPD officers are very visible, along with ISP.
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