TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Authorities are investigating five separate shooting incidents happening in the span of 48 hours.
“You know, having five shootings in the span of less than 48 hours is troubling.”
Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse says the incidents are unrelated and two of the incidents have been ruled accidental.
Just after midnight Sunday morning the Terre Haute Police Department responded to an incident near South 4th Street. According to Chief John Plasse shots were fired at a party. An Indiana State University student claims she was running from the area when she felt a sharp pain and saw blood on her body. She was treated at a local hospital. Plasse says they have not been able to confirm if the woman did, in fact, suffer a gun shot wound.
Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse says, “There is an injury to her but it doesn’t appear to be a gunshot hole. It doesn’t appear to be anything entered her body, just there was a little bit of damage on her.”
That woman was released from the hospital.
Chief Plasse says this incident shows the importance of campus and city police working together. The two agencies started joint patrols after shooting incidents at parties earlier this year. Plasse says, up until this most recent incident, the patrols have been successful in shutting down parties before they get out of hand.
THPD is also investigating an unrelated shooting happening Sunday night near 6th Street and Maple Avenue.
Authorities report a male juvenile was shot in the head while driving. The victim survived the shot but it knocked him out causing him to crash into Ouabache Elementary School. He was transported to a hospital in Indianapolis but is expected to survive.
Chief Plasse says the victim was targeted and this was not a random shooting. Police are investigating what may have led to the incident.
THPD is investigating a third shooting happening early Monday morning at 3rd and Oak Street.
According to Chief Plasse, a man was shot and taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the victim was targeted and the shooting appears to be in retaliation. Police have not said what spurred the shooting but say the victim was in a dispute earlier in the day.
A front desk employee and resident at the Rodeway Inn says, despite the shooting near her home, Terre Haute is a good place to live.
“There’s nothing to really worry about. It’s still a safe neighborhood. You can live anywhere and you’re going to get a shooting anywhere.”
Chief Plasse says people are just making matters worse and they need to let police do their jobs.
“Instead of letting the legal system do its job, they are taking care of business their own way.”
Police are pursuing some leads but no arrests have been made at this time.
“Those people appear to be targeted by whomever for something they were involved in so its not like a random thing where people need to worry when they’re walking around if they’re going to get shot in Terre Haute because that’s just not the case.”
According to police, two of the incidents appear to be accidental.
Indiana State University Police responded to a shots fired call near Cromwell Hall Sunday night. Authorities report a man visiting campus sustained a non-life-threatening self-inflicted injury.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another weekend case in which a person was shot accidentally.
Chief Plasse says these incidents show the need for proper training.
Chief Plasse says, “If they’re accidental shootings to where someone is handling a firearm, obviously they aren’t competent in the handling of that or they wouldn’t shoot themselves.”