A crew from Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN was held at gunpoint and carjacked Tuesday night while covering a prayer vigil for victims of a recent shooting. “A gunman approached a FOX59 crew and carjacked our vehicle,” the station reported via Twitter. “We’re happy to report everyone is safe and we’re working with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police.”
The Indianapolis Star reports the WXIN news vehicle was later recovered a few blocks away:
As the crew was getting ready to film a live shot in the 3700 block of Emerson Avenue, a male, armed with a black semi-automatic pistol and wearing dark clothing, approached the marked Fox59 SUV and told the crew to get out, said Diaz.
Police said a Fox59 camera man attempted to offer the man money, but he refused, and demanded that the crew get out of the vehicle. The suspect, who police said is possibly in his early twenties, then fled the scene in the SUV, taking the crew’s equipment with him.
The vehicle was found about 20 minutes later near 39th Street and Irvington Avenue, a few blocks away on the Northeastside, said Diaz. None of the camera equipment was stolen, and only a few personal items had gone missing.