Indianapolis police: 2 judges from Clark County shot after ‘disturbance’ at downtown bar

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Two people have been injured in a downtown double shooting Wednesday morning, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The shooting happened near a White Castle parking lot in the 50 block of West South Street just before 3:30 a.m.

IMPD says those two people are judges from Clark County, Ind. that are visiting for a conference. The Clark County government named the two judges as Judge Bradley B. Jacobs. and Judge Andrew Adams.

Witnesses inside the restaurant told police they first heard some kind of disturbance and heard gunshots. IMPD says there was a “disturbance” at a nearby bar. IMPD says there is no information to believe the shooting was related to their duties as judges.

Police say two men were shot and both were transported to the hospital. One was in critical condition, the other was in serious but stable condition.

The investigation into the shooting is underway. 

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued this statement on the matter:

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush received terrible news this morning that two Indiana judicial officers were victims of a shooting overnight. The Indiana Judicial Branch holds educational conferences throughout the year and judges from across the state are in Indianapolis for one of the continuing education learning sessions that begins today. Chief Justice Rush expressed her deep sadness upon learning of this violence and is meeting with the victims’ families.

An email from the office of Clark County Presiding Judge Vicki Carmichael said she “is shocked to learn of the overnight violence involving her fellow judges.”

Along with her colleagues, Judge Carmichael is currently in Indianapolis attending educational programming.

The email went on to say:

Any questions about the nature of the shooting should be directed to police. However, Judge Carmichael has been assured that there is no reason to believe the judicial officers were targeted because of their positions with the Judicial Branch. This appears to be a random act of violence.

It is important for detectives to investigate the situation; therefore, Judge Carmichael will not be making any statements regarding th eparticulars of the event. However, Judge Carmichael has spoken with fellow judges who were with Judge Adams and Judge Jacobs and she been advised certain reports circulating about the event are inaccurate.  She urges caution until police provide details and/or make an arrest. Judge Carmichael appreciates the outpouring of support and love from the members of the Clark County community.

Clark County Courts closed Wednesday but are scheduled ot reopen Thursday. 

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