Staff report written from press release:
On October 16th, 2023, Bloomington Police Detectives made significant progress in their ongoing investigation into the shooting incident that rattled the 300 block of E Winslow Road. The latest developments have led to the arrest of two individuals involved in the altercation, bringing to light an episode of attempted murder and reckless gunplay.
After reviewing critical video footage and conducting a series of interviews, investigators successfully tracked down and apprehended the suspects behind the disturbing incident. Shauntrell Juran Watts, Jr. and Antowyne William Dupreee Osborne now face a litany of serious charges relating to the incident, with Watts being charged with an attempted murder, criminal recklessness, and pointing a firearm. Meanwhile, Osborne is charged with criminal recklessness, theft (possession of a stolen handgun), and unlawful carry of a handgun.
The altercation that led to this incident unfolded in the Winslow Plaza parking lot, where Watts and Osborne engaged in a heated verbal dispute. As tensions escalated, both individuals brandished firearms, ultimately opening fire on each other. The chaotic scene prompted Osborne to flee as a passenger in a white SUV, leaving officers in pursuit.
A breakthrough came when law enforcement located the white SUV in the 2100 block of S Rockport Road, shortly after the incident. As officers attempted to apprehend Osborne, they noticed him acting suspiciously, crouching down near the front of the vehicle. Subsequently, a search of the SUV led to the discovery of a handgun, which was determined to have been reported as stolen from a nearby apartment complex.
Investigators, bolstered by the discovery of the video evidence, decided to arrest Watts later in the afternoon. He underwent further questioning before being charged with the aforementioned offenses.
While substantial progress has been made in the investigation, authorities have not released additional information regarding the incident at this time.
It is crucial to remember that, under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations, and all individuals charged are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Here is the text of the updated press release:
NEWS RELEASE – Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17th, 2023
For more information, please contact:
Detective Lieutenant Lucas Tate
Bloomington Police Department
Bloomington Police Respond to Shots Fired – Update & Arrests
On October 16th, 2023, Bloomington Police Detectives continued their investigation into the shooting that occurred in the 300 block of E Winslow Road. Investigators reviewed video footage and conducted multiple interviews. The two men involved were located, detained and interviewed. At the conclusion of interviews, Detectives arrested Shauntrell Juran Watts, Jr., and Antowyne William Dupreee Osborne for the following charges:
- Shauntrell Juran Watts, Jr. (19, Bloomington): Attempted Murder, Level 1 Felony; Criminal Recklessness, Level 5 Felony; Pointing a Firearm, Level 6 Felony.
- Antowyne William Dupree Osborne (18, Bloomington): Criminal Recklessness, Level 5 Felony; Theft (possession of stolen handgun), Level 5 Felony; Unlawful Carry of a Handgun, A Misdemeanor.
Investigators determined that the two involved men knew each other and got into a verbal altercation in the Winslow Plaza parking lot. During the argument, both men produced handguns and fired at each other. Osborne fled the scene as a passenger in a white SUVprior to the arrival of officers. The white SUV was located a short time later in the 2100 block of S Rockport Road. As officers were giving Osborne commands in an attempt to take him into custody, officers observed him crouching down near the front of the white SUV. Once he was detained, officers located a handgun that had been placed in the grill of the vehicle. Officers determined that the firearm had been reported as stolen from a nearby apartment complex.
Investigators were able to locate video footage of the shooting and determined that Watts would be arrested as well. He was located later in the afternoon, interviewed again by investigators, and arrested for the above listed charges.
No further information is available for release at this time.
Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.