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July 9, 2012

Speedway police have suspect in June homicide

SPEEDWAY — Authorities here gave an update this week on a homicide that took the life of an Indianapolis man shortly after 3 a.m. June 15.

Tommy Thompson, 30, was shot at the Speedway station on 10th Street and Lynhurst Drive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chuck Upchurch of the Speedway Police Department said Monday that a suspect has been identified and they are confident the case is coming to a close.

“Investigators have had a busy couple of months,” Upchurch said. “With the homicide at the Speedway station, an arrest is probably inevitable.”

Police Chief James Campbell noted that the department is not yet releasing the name of the suspect.

According to police, the suspect fired a gun at Thompson and another man who were inside a pickup truck. Police say Thompson was with a group of people at Tremors night club prior to the shooting and it is believed that the murder was a result of an incident at the club.

The driver of the truck, whose name has not been released, was not injured in the shooting.

Police said the area where the shooting occurred is a “hub” of problems due to its proximity to multiple westside night clubs.

Upchurch lauded the department in what has been a busy summer with this homicide in addition to a shooting that occurred the night before the Indianapolis 500.

“The road patrol did a good job with both of those scenes,” he said.

The investigation into Thompson’s murder is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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