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Multiple people approach vehicle in possible carjacking attempt in middle of night. But victim has a gun — and one alleged assailant pays with his life.

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An alleged robbery attempt in Indianapolis — possibly a carjacking attempt — ended with the victim shooting dead one of the alleged assailants early Wednesday morning.

What are the details?

Two people were in a car in front of their home when multiple individuals approached the vehicle, the Indianapolis Star reported. At least one person in this group had a gun, police told the Star.

A male from the group attempted to rob the people in the car, Sgt. Frank Wooten added to the paper. WXIN-TV reported that it may have been an attempted carjacking.

With that, one of the homeowners in the car shot and killed the male, the Star reported. Wooten added to the paper that officers believe the homeowner — who was detained and taken in for questioning — acted in self-defense.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers who responded around 4:20 a.m. to the home in the 11900 block of Tapp Drive found a male with gunshot wounds outside the residence, the Star said, adding that the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The paper said it isn't yet clear if the fatally shot male was a juvenile or an adult.

Detectives, officers, and the forensics team were collecting evidence at the scene for several hours, an IMPD spokesperson told the Star. Detectives also have been working to identify others who may have been involved in the incident, the paper added.

The case will be presented to the Marion County prosecutor's office for formal review and charging determination, the Star said.

'I'm in shock'

Irene Davis has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years and told the paper she usually takes her morning walk on Tapp Drive after watching her kids get on their school bus.

"I'm shocked," Davis added to the Star. "I'm in shock."

She told the paper there's never been a shooting in the neighborhood and called it "very kid-friendly."

Joyce Kefauver has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and shares Davis' sentiments about her surroundings, adding that to the best of her knowledge there have been no homicides in the neighborhood, the Star reported.

"It's quiet, we wave," Kefauver added to the paper. "It's just kind of baffling that this would happen."

Anything else?

Those with information about this shooting should call Detective Andrew McKalips at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email a message to Andrew.McKalips@indy.gov.

Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana also can be anonymously called at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

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