EPD: Man shot in the head during overnight birthday party

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville police continue to investigative a shooting that happened Saturday morning.

Police say the victim 19 year-old Kielyn Toone died from the injuries on Sunday.

Authorities say they are unsure where Toone died.

Officers heard multiple gunshots being fired around 1:15 a.m. in the 300 block of Taylor Avenue.

Police said when they arrived, they found several vehicles leaving the area and people running and screaming that someone had been shot.

EPD said one of the people at the scene showed officers where the gunshot victim was located in the 1400 block of Judson.

At the scene, police said they observed a white Honda CRV that had knocked over a fence and wrecked into two houses. Inside the vehicle, authorities found the victim with what appeared to be a single wound to the head.

Officers began rendering aid and additional officers started to deal with crowd control. EPD said authorities established a scene and more officers had to be called in to keep the crowd back.

According to EPD, the incident stemmed from a birthday party being held in the 300 block of Taylor Avenue. Detectives found approximately 50+ shell casings while canvassing the scene in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Judson, and in the 200 and 300 blocks of Taylor. Police said there were at least three different guns involved.

Dean Hall, the co-owner of Evansville Community Development Annex, the building where the shooting is believed to have started. Hall says incidents like this are becoming too common in the south side and things must change. Hall says it’s heart-wrenching to personally deal with these ‘senseless’ shootings, something Hall considers reflective on the community as a whole.

Hall, an Evansville native, says he’s proud of his hometown but adds the city has failed certain communities. Hall says a more practical approach is needed to prepare young people for life, adding that if they can’t fit in to society, gangs become a more appealing option.

The victim was transported to the hospital where his condition is unknown. EPD said officers at the scene received little to no assistance on a potential suspect and no one has been arrested for the shooting.

Anyone who has information on this case is asked to call the Evansville Police Department’s Detective Office at 812-436-7979, or call the We Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

(This story was originally published on April 17, 2021)

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