On Tuesday morning, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of West 16th St. on a report of a person down.
When officers arrived, they found a man in a business parking lot, suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim in this incident has been identified as Nathan Trapuzzano, 24, of Indianapolis.
Detectives believe the victim was out on his usual morning walk when he was approached by two suspects. Suspect #1 forced the victim between two businesses, while suspect #2 acted as a lookout. Suspect #1 and the victim struggled; during the struggle the victim was shot. Suspect #2 fled northeast across West 16th Street; suspect #1 fled west on West 16the Street.
The victim was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. At 7:40 a.m., the victim died from his injuries.
Detectives are interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence from the scene. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, IMPD officers canvassed the neighborhood and are making a concerted effort to find out more information about the crime. The MCOPS van will be stationed at the corner of W. 16th St. and Exeter and officers from the Southwest and Northwest districts will be talking to residents and businesses owners at this time.
Trapuzzano is survived by his wife, Jennifer, who is eight months pregnant with a baby girl. Family members say the couple just got married last May.
Trapuzzano’s family released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“Nathan Trapuzzano was the most kind-hearted person you would ever know. He never had an unkind thought in his head. He was so in love wife his wife Jennifer, and unborn baby daughter, Cecelia. He was so excited about being a new daddy.
“The loss of this very, very special young man has been such a shock to our entire family.”
“As with many tragedies, this seems so senseless and yet the outpouring of love and support reminds us that there is so much good in this world. Nate would not want us to become angry, but rather focus on the good and what is yet to come.”