DAILYKENN.com -- A 36-year-old man was shot dead in Brownsburg, Indiana.
It appears Seth Robertson, 36, was chosen at random by Joshua Hayes, 22, as Robertson was working in a cemetery.
Hayes, himself, was fatally shot as a passerby intervened.
Reports suggest Hayes randomly chose Robertson for execution causing Robertson and a co-worker to flee for their lives. Hayes caught up with Robertson at an intersection and fired the fatal shot. It was there that another man intervened, killing Hayes.
Police immediately issued a statement declaring the random shooting was not racially motivated.
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Despite the involvement of a Black assailant and white targets, Brownsburg police are saying Tuesday afternoon’s shootout that left two men dead, was not racially motivated.
“At this point in time in the investigation, we have no reason to believe this was a racially-motivated crime,” Brownsburg Police Department Captain Jennifer Pyatt-Barrett said. “We’re leaning more toward evidence suggesting there was mental illness on behalf of Mr. Hayes.”
Police believe Joshua Hayes, 22, of Indianapolis, drove to Brownsburg Cemetery, got out of his vehicle and opened fire on two men contracted to work there. There is no evidence linking Hayes to either man, so this appears to be random, Pyatt-Barrett said. The two men ran in different directions to seek safety. Hayes turned to one of the men, Seth Robertson, 36, of Indianapolis, and began chasing him to the intersection of N. Grant Street and 56th Street.
That’s where police say Hayes, using a large-capacity handgun with extra ammunition, caught up to Robertson and ultimately shot and killed him. Pyatt-Barrett said Robertson had multiple gunshot wounds.
After killing Robertson, police say Hayes chased an unidentified male whom they call Victim 2. Police are not naming the second victim for safety reasons, Pyatt-Barrett said. The chase of Victim 2 went through a nearby residential neighborhood, with Hayes continuing to shoot at the victim. Eventually, Victim 2 got to 56th Street and decided to engage the shooter. A struggle for the gun ensued with Hayes continuing to shoot. One of those stray bullets struck a vehicle at the traffic signal whose driver acted to stop Hayes.
“(The driver) realized that Victim 2 was fighting for his life and that’s when (the driver) engaged,” Pyatt-Barrett said of the bystander who pulled his gun and shot Hayes, who died on scene.
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