Man detained in connection with shooting after basketball dispute at Indiana JCC

INDIANAPOLIS — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that injured two men at an Indianapolis Jewish community center during an apparent argument over a basketball game, police said.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday that the man is being held for his alleged role in Saturday’s shooting, but has not been formally charged by Marion County prosecutors.

Police said after the shooting that the incident was not believed to be religiously motivated or a hate crime.

Police and witnesses told The Indianapolis Star the two men were shot Saturday afternoon following an argument that appeared to be related to a basketball game at the center’s gymnasium. The men were taken to hospital in stable condition.

Andrea Kruszynski, spokeswoman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, told the newspaper earlier this week that an Indianapolis police officer usually provides security at the center and that at the time of the shooting, an officer was at the center. in a patrol car.

After the shooting, the Jewish Community Center announced that it would revise its door access and visitor entry policies.

Less than an hour before police announced the arrest, the center emailed its members on Wednesday about the arrest.

“Safety and security is of the utmost importance…and we thank the prompt actions of local law enforcement and our Jewish campus staff for their assistance during this event,” the email reads.

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