Violent 12 Hours In Bloomington, Indiana During Spring Break; Two shootings hours apart, a fistfight, and an angry boy with a gun

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — March 15, 2024

A series of violent incidents in less than 12 hours marred the tranquility of Bloomington, Indiana, as many residents vacated the city for Spring Break.

According to police radio dispatches, the quiet of the early morning hours on March 15 was punctuated by reports of 5-6 gunshots from the 2300 block of South Rogers Street at approximately 5:52 a.m. Police responded to the scene. Moments later, a gunshot victim was discovered at 509 West Hays. An ambulance was dispatched to assist.

This marked the second shooting within 12 hours. The preceding evening, on Thursday, March 14, 2024, another shooting incident happened on South Basswood Drive around 9 p.m.

During the earlier incident, multiple people called the police lines reporting shots fired in the 500 block of South Basswood Drive. Eyewitnesses recounted seeing five men fleeing towards a white Chevy sedan. Fortunately, no victims were reported, but evidence of the shooting was found, prompting law enforcement to establish a perimeter in the area.

Amidst the chaos, further disturbances were reported. Around 8 p.m. on March 14, an altercation involving a 13-year-old possessing a gun and engaging in a verbal altercation was reported. Additionally, at 8:17 p.m., a skirmish involving 4-5 men, one wielding a knife, erupted on Crescent Road.

Law enforcement officials have refrained from disclosing any official information regarding the incidents. However, the police have encouraged local hospitals to notify them of any gunshot wound victims, indicating the severity of the situation.

In the aftermath of the shootings, police briefly closed off a section of South Rogers as they gathered evidence, recovering at least three bullet casings from the scene.

Police have yet to disclose if there were connections between the various incidents. However, there have been multiple shootings in the past in the South Rogers and Rockport Road area. Often, victims haven’t cooperated with police investigators.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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