Bloomington, Indiana – December 3, 2023
A 21-year-old Linton man was arrested, and is being charged with murder, and criminal recklessness after shooting up a Bloomington college party, which he was denied entry, according to the Bloomington Police Department.
Around 2 a.m., Sunday morning, Isaiah Ramos, is alleged to have showed up at a party in the 500 block of South Park Avenue, with two of his friends, and tried to enter. However, according to police, all three were denied entry because one of them had a visible handgun in the waistband.
The three men, at least one of them armed, then demanded entry to the party, and a fight ensued, and spread into an alley.
“At that time, witnesses stated that they observed Ramos,
who was wearing a pink sweater, begin firing a handgun into the crowd,” according to police.
A man told the Bloomingtonian Sunday morning he was returning to a family member’s residence nearby and heard the, pop, pop, pop … of what he said were 8 gunshots.
Police were called to the residence.
“Upon arrival, officers located multiple people in the area that were exiting a
large house party. Bystanders advised officers that someone had been shot. Officers
searched the area and located the victim, a 23 year-old Bloomington man, who had a
gunshot wound to his chest. Officers immediately began life-saving measures, but they were unsuccessful and the victim died from his injuries. Officers also located another 19 year-old Bloomington man with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,” according to the BPD.
Witnesses described Ramos as a larger build white male wearing a pink shirt and facial hair.
“This information was disseminated to all officers and a Trooper with the Indiana
State Police performed a traffic stop on a vehicle shortly thereafter with a passenger that matched the description of the shooter. The man matching the suspect description was identified as Isaiah Ramos (21, Linton). A handgun was located inside the vehicle and all three occupants were detained and transported to the Bloomington Police Department for interviews,” according to BPD.
The vehicle was stopped in downtown Bloomington by the Indiana State Police, who were then aided by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and IUPD.
Before being taken to the police station, one of the suspects told police he was hit by a ricochet, but police couldn’t find any injuries. Another tried to tell the police that the shooter was a Black male wearing a ski mask, according to scanner dispatches.
Later in the day, Monroe County Coroner Joani Stalcup confirmed that one man died in the shooting.
The Bloomington Police are still investigating, and said, “This investigation remains active and no further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Rob Shrake at (812) 339-4477.”
Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is
presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.