Bloomington Police Investigate Shooting on North Side Saturday

Police investigate at the scene where shots were fired outside the Subway on North Kinser Pike, on Saturday, 15, 2023 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Toni Arcuri/The Bloomingtonian)

Editor’s note: Reporter Sade Ajishegiri, and Toni Arcuri, who was making photos of the crime scene with an iPhone both believed they saw the police pull a handgun out of the dumpster near the Subway. However, the police said in the PC affidavit that a gun was recovered at the alleged shooter’s home. So, it’s unclear what the gun or item police pulled from the dumpster, and it may not have been related to this case.

Update: Police have arrested 22-year-old Sean Rivers after he shot a 51-year old man in the chest Saturday, according to police records. Rivers told police the man charged and grabbed him, according to the police summary. Police said Rivers had no report of pain.

However, police arrested Rivers, and are preliminarily charging him with attempted murder, a Level 1 felony.

The 51-year-old gunshot victim was taken to a hospital in stable but critical condition after a bystander rendered first aid until EMS arrived.

The Bloomington Police Department reviewed surveillance video from the nearby grocery store, and interviewed witnesses during the investigation.

Update – 2:26 a.m., Sunday, July 16, 2023:

Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo said the suspect in Saturday’s shooting is in custody.

Pedigo released the following information Saturday: “The Bloomington Police Department responded to the area of the Subway restaurant, located at 1839 N Kinser Pike, on today’s date at approximately 1:25 p.m. in reference to a report of a man shot near the dumpsters. Officers arrived and located a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. The victim was last known to be in critical yet stable condition.”

By Sade Ajishegiri – Special to the Bloomingtonian

Bloomington, Ind. – July 15, 2023

Bloomington Police are actively investigating a shooting that occurred around 1:25 p.m. on Saturday afternoon outside the Subway sandwich restaurant located on North Kinser Pike, in the northern part of the city.

One man was critically injured.

A suspect was taken into custody by the BPD.

Police officers responded to the scene, after the shooting, and cordoned off the area surrounding the restaurant at approximately 2 p.m. as part of a criminal investigation. Investigators soon discovered a handgun in a nearby dumpster. Numerous yellow numbered crime scene tags were placed throughout the crime scene to mark potential evidence.

Within the police perimeter, was a rusted red Dodge Caravan.

Bloomington Police are withholding further details regarding the shooting, including the circumstances leading up to the incident, the individuals involved, and any potential motive, as the investigation continues.

The gunshot victim was hit in the chest, and was in critical, but stable condition when taken to the hospital, according to BPD Captain Ryan Pedigo.

This report will be updated when more information is available.

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