A 33-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted murder for shooting a 26-year-old man on 6th Street during Little 500 Weekend, according to Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo. The shooting took place on April 23, 2022.
The shooting was separate and unrelated to the April 23 shooting at a Bloomington nightclub that left several others injured.
Two groups were engaging in a verbal altercation behind a restaurant that turned into a physical fight before 33-year-old Michael V. Carson Jr. pulled a .40 caliber handgun and fired once striking the 26-year-old victim. The victim was found wounded in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in a lot along 6th Street.
Here is the full text of a press release the Bloomington Police Department distributed Friday:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2022
For more information, please contact:
Captain Ryan Pedigo
Bloomington Police Department
Bloomington Police Arrest Suspect in Little 500 Weekend Shooting
On April 23, 2022, Monroe County Central Emergency Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a man had been shot in a parking lot near the intersection of 6th Street and Lincoln Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. Officers responded to the area and located a 26 year-old man in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital via ambulance. Once at the hospital, he was rushed to emergency surgery and remained in critical care at IU Health Bloomington Hospital until being transferred to an Indianapolis hospital via helicopter on May 16th for continued care.
While at the scene, investigators found a single .40 caliber shell casing near the rear kitchen door of a restaurant to the south of the parking lot where the victim had been located. Video surveillance from nearby security cameras was eventually able to be reviewed. The video showed a verbal altercation between two groups of individuals near the rear of the restaurant just prior to the shooting. Investigators were able to identify and interview all involved parties. It was learned that the verbal altercation had become physical and several individuals began fighting just outside the view of the security camera footage. A short time after the fight began, it was reported that one of the involved men brandished a handgun and fired it one time. Witnesses identified the shooter as Michael V. Carson, Jr. (33, Bloomington).
The investigating detective contacted Carson via telephone on May 26th and requested that he come to the Police Department for an interview. Carson arrived at the Department at approximately 7:00 p.m., where he was questioned. It was determined that there was no connection between this shooting and the shooting that occurred on the same night at the Kalao Nightclub.
At the conclusion of the interview, Michael V. Carson, Jr. was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded to jail custody for the following charges:
- Attempted Murder, level 1 felony
- Carrying a Handgun without a License, class A misdemeanor
Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
A booking photo of Carson may be obtained by contacting the Monroe County Jail.”