EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite the Castleton Square Mall saying that “two suspects were quickly detained”, IMPD said that one person was detained and released.


INDIANAPOLIS — Indy police are investigating a shooting at the Castleton Square Mall that injured an 18-year-old.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department crews were called around 3:30 p.m. Friday to 6020 E. 82nd Street, the address for the mall, on multiple reports of shots fired and a person shot.

Upon arrival, IMPD officers found security inside the mall’s foyer area providing first aid, including a tourniquet, to a male victim. The victim, an 18-year-old, was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

No employees of the mall were injured in the shooting, IMPD said.

The incident, IMPD said, is believed to be isolated between two groups or an individual and another group. A dispute between them led to the shots being fired, IMPD said.

At the time, one individual was detained and interviewed by detectives. That person, IMPD said, has since been released.

A gun was seized from the scene by mall security, police said. Detectives are now trying to identify the other people involved, according to IMPD.

The mall, IMPD said, went under a brief lockdown following the shooting as authorities swept the building. The mall closed for the remainder of Friday and will have a heavy police presence throughout the weekend.

Mall’s response

A spokesperson for the Castleton Square Mall released the following statement around 10 p.m. Friday:

“Thanks to the rapid response of our armed K9 team, two suspects were quickly detained, a weapon was quickly retrieved and rendered safe, and first aid was administered. We are cooperating fully with IMPD in their investigation, including providing video surveillance to help identify any additional persons involved. While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary reports indicate that this incident was the result of an isolated dispute between two groups. There is no ongoing threat to the public and IMPD will maintain an increased presence at the mall throughout the weekend.”

Castleton Square Mall

Previous Indiana mall shootings

This is not the first time a shooting has taken place at the Castleton Square Mall this year.

On Jan. 3, a teenager died and another person was injured in a shooting in the mall’s parking lot. The shooting sparked friends and family of the 16-year-old victim to speak out about gun violence in the city.

This is also not the only mall that central Indiana police have had to respond to shootings at in the last year.

Greenwood police were called on Dec. 23, 2022, to the Greenwood Park Mall on reports of shots fired. Additionally, in July 2022, the same Greenwood mall was the site of a mass shooting that took the lives of three victims and the shooter.