A man was injured in a shooting Oct. 29 shortly after 10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Quail Run Apartments, just south of Zionsville Community High School on Ford Road.
The victim, 33-year-old Isaac Bermudez, was shot in the head and transported to St. Vincent Hospital, but gave a brief description of the suspect before medics took him away from the scene.
Police established a multi-jurisdictional perimeter, utilizing resources from several Boone County and state agencies. After searching the area until approximately 2 a.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Dept. officials said they exhausted all leads and believe the suspect left the area. The investigation is ongoing.
“We had a lot of resources in play last night,” Zionsville Chief of Police Robert Knox said. “We had a state police helicopter, dogs, drones and more. Unfortunately we did not get the conclusion we wanted and did not find who pulled the trigger.”
Knox said BCSO has investigators assigned to the case. The gunman is described as a heavyset, Hispanic man, approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, wearing a red hoodie. He was last seen fleeing the area eastbound on foot.
“We do not know a motive,” Knox said. “We are operating on different theories at this point in time.”
Bermudez, a general manager for Greek’s Pizzeria, said in a message to Current that he feels extremely lucky and happy to be alive.
“I’d like to thank God, the amazing staff at the trauma center here at St. Vincent, along with ZPD for their efforts and services, and my friends and family at Greek’s Pizzeria for all the love and support,” Bermudez said.
In May 2017, a fatal shooting occurred in the parking lot of Quail Run Apartments. Knox said it is odd that two of Zionsville’s recent shootings happened on the same street.
“It’s a very strange coincidence, but we are not seeing a connection between the two,” Knox said. “Unfortunately in the last three or four years, we’ve had more than our fair share of these things.”
Zionsville had been without a murder since 1997, but in 2016, there were three. Since then, additional murders have occurred, including a double murder-suicide last month and the 2017 Quail Run murder. Knox said he takes crime in Zionsville personally, but thinks Zionsville has done a remarkable job mitigating crime.
“In any community, you’re going to have this kind of nonsense,” Knox said. “It’s unacceptable, but how do you address it? You do what you can, you investigate the best way you possibly can and use all the resources at your disposal. You hope and pray that these people who have ill intent see the error of their ways before they go out and do something else.”
Members of the community are encouraged to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
“I don’t want this in any community, especially ours,” Knox said. “If you see something, say something.”