Arrest made in Monday night shooting, carjacking

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Evansville Police have arrested a person they say is responsible for shooting and carjacking a man Monday night on Evansville’s southeast side.

It happened around 9 p.m. at Rick’s Sports Bar near the corner of South Green River Road and Covert Avenue, where it is rarely quiet. It’s close to a busy shopping district and this time of year there is plenty of traffic. It isn’t usually disturbed like it was Monday, though.

The suspect is in police custody, but EPD says he has not been booked into jail yet. Police are expected to release more details Monday night.

Investigators say the shooting and carjacking was the result of a planned drug deal. EPD isn’t saying who the victim is, or how he is doing, but they have talked to him in the hospital.

Some people who work in the building across the parking lot are feeling scared but not surprised.

“I was kind of shocked when I walked in this morning, and I was like, there was a shooting here?” says Dr. Gurav Kaushal. He works on the first floor of what he calls the “Bridge Club building.”

Samantha Shofner smiles and laughs, not wanting to believe it’s real.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” she says. “It’s Covert Avenue, there’s a bar right there, Liquor Locker right next to us.”

She says violence is becoming the norm. “There’s drug deals going on everywhere, there’s constant shootings, you hear about them every day.”

Police say the victim first told officers a random person had shot him and took his car, but they say after more questions, the victim told investigators it was an arranged drug deal.

Right now, police say the victim isn’t facing charges.

According to police, the suspect got in the car, put a gun to the victim’s neck, and demanded the drugs. It’s actions like this that put everyone in the area on edge.

“I always try to make sure I have my phone on me,” Shofner says. “I’m on the phone or someone knows, I’m heading to my car, make sure I’m okay.”

Kaushal says this won’t change his routine. “I’m not overly worried, it was probably an incident that just went bad, it could have happened anywhere.”

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(This story was originally published December 19, 2017)

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