EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville police are investigating a shooting that happened early Saturday morning.
EPD says officers heard multiple gunshots being fired from the 300 block of Taylor Ave. around 1:15 a.m. Dispatch also told officers that they were receiving multiple calls about shots being fired in the same area.
When officers arrived, police say several vehicles were leaving the area and people were running, screaming someone had been shot. That’s when police say someone took them to the 1400 block of Judson St., which is where the victim was.
Police say they saw a vehicle knocked over a fence and wrecked into two houses. We’re told the victim was found in the vehicle with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head.
That’s when officers started rendering aid to the gunshot victim while other officers dealt with crowd control, all stemming from a birthday party in the 300 block of Taylor Ave.
“On the weekends, there’s a lot of noise loud music and shooting. Whoever is doing it I don’t know, but it’s not good for all that shooting to go on,” said Carrie Brown, who lives in the house the victim hit.
We are told police found over 50 shell casings throughout the 1400 and 1500 block of Judson St. along with several in the 200 and 300 block of Taylor Ave., all from three different caliber guns.
EPD says the victim was taken to the hospital.
Evansville police now tell us the victim in the shooting, 19-year-old Kielyn Edward Toone, died on Sunday.
Toone was a former Bosse Bulldog. Bosse released a statement Monday, calling him a wonderful young man and shined a light on the football team.
Dean Hall, the director of the Community Development Annex, says things need to change.
“As the director here, you have to say, ‘ok, are there going to be adults there? Do you have security because you do need security of some form so to speak?” asked Hall.
Hall also says more security in the area, whether it be increasing EPD presence or security cameras, would help push crime out of the neighborhood.
“The best is not good enough, and I think there are so many different ways we can actually create better opportunities that provide a much more safe environment,” shared Hall. “We’re going to draw a line, and we’re going to have a certain standard of what we won’t accept at any cost. And that’s something we have to be committed to doing.”
Jordan Powe, a man who lives nearby where the shooting happened, told 14 News he was at home with his wife when the shots rang out. His home had bullet holes in the siding Saturday morning.
Powe said when the guns went off, he and his wife hit the floor.
“Car shot up, the house was hit,” Powe said. “We didn’t even know the house was hit until this morning - the car, they broke my neighbor’s door, my neighbor’s yard, and they’ve been living here for 60 years. They probably never had a problem like that.”
Officers on the scene say they received little to no assistance on a potential suspect, and no one has been arrested for the shooting at this time. Anyone who has any information on this case is asked to call the Evansville Police Department’s Detective Office at 812-436-7979 or call the We Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.