October shootings one step closer to being solved

There were five shootings total, two were ruled self-inflicted, three remain unsolved.

Posted: Nov 7, 2017 11:07 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2017 8:00 AM

UPDATE: Wednesday we are learning more about three unsolved shootings that happened within 24 hours, two weeks ago in Terre Haute.

Police tell us Wednesday morning that they are still working to arrest the people responsible for two separate shootings. One warrant is issued, another is expected as early as today, according to police.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - It was back in October when News 10 first told you about a string of shootings all happening within 48 hours. 

There were five shootings total, two were ruled accidental and self-inflicted, three remain unsolved.

"Some cases are easy, some cases you got the guy on the scene and we know exactly who did it," said Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse, "Some of these take a little more work."

That's been the case with the three shootings for the Terre Haute Police Department. Plasse says they are continuing to investigate and follow leads.

The first situation goes back to early Sunday morning on October 22nd. That's when police say shots were fired at a house party at 1647 S. 4th Street.

While no one was shot during the incident, Plasse says a woman was injured while trying to run away.

"It definitely wasn't a gun shot wound," Plasse said, "It could've been a fragment from something or she could've fell on something. We don't know because she ran when she heard shots, and then she realized she was hurt, but it was nothing serious on her."

Plasse says three people, between the ages of 21 and 22, were cited following the party.

"They were all three cited with having a function without a dance permit required, so they were cited for that," he said, "All three, and also operating a business in a residential area."

Large house parties are reasons Plasse says they continue to do joint patrols with campus police at Indiana State University.

"Homecoming, a few years ago, we had the young man who was killed just over here on 13th and a half because of a large party," Plasse said, "and he didn't do anything wrong, he was just at the wrong place." 

Plasse says most large parties are often held inside residences specifically for the purpose of making money. 

"Typically it's one person that rents a huge house with several rooms, there's hardly any furniture in them," Plasse described, "It's solely to make the money because they're making a lot of money from charging admission to these parties. They may be living there, but if you go in there it'd be like you're looking at a house to buy. It's not furnished because there's nothing hardly there. It's solely for them to make money on."

Plasse says it's important to remember there are consequences for having such parties without a proper permit.

"If they're cited for that, the penalty is really stiff to begin with, but I think it's a several thousand dollar fine," Plasse said, "and I know the judge said he's not going to waive that, they're going to pay that. I think successive ones are even worse than that, so it's going to be where it's not financially profitable to do that and that's the goal is for them to stop doing that."

Later that Sunday night, police responded to another shooting on 6th Street and Maple Avenue. That's where police a say a juvenile was shot in the back of the head before crashing into Ouabache Elementary School. 

"The suspect in that, we have a warrant for him and he's also a juvenile," said Plasse.

The third scene takes place near the Rodeway Inn on 3rd and Oak Streets. Plasse says detectives are continuing to investigate and they anticipate an arrest warrant soon.

Three separate shootings, all one step closer to being solved. 

"We believe we've got the people responsible, facing justice and hopefully that will deter anything in the future," he said.

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