Police Said a Child Custody Battle is to Blame for a Double Shooting in the City’s Northeast

According to court documents, a shooting on the northeast side of Indianapolis that killed one man and left a woman in critical condition was caused by a fight over child custody.

Gerald Lewis III, who was 25 years old, was killed in the 4300 block of Mill View Court around 9 a.m. on February 26.

A probable cause affidavit says that his girlfriend was shot in the hand and cheek, and the father of her son was charged with the killing on Tuesday.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says that Jailyn Hurt, who is 26 years old, is being charged with murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault.

At first, Hurt told police he hadn’t been to the woman’s apartment on the day of the shooting. Then, the affidavit says, he told the detective that he had been to the apartment but left when no one answered the door.

A woman who was shot and hurt talks to a detective

The shooting hurt a 23-year-old woman, who told a police officer that Hurt was supposed to bring her son over before the shooting. Hurt came to the apartment with another man, who waited outside. She told police that the other man did not have her son with him.

“She said that Hurt kept yelling at her boyfriend several times,” the affidavit says.

Police Said a Child Custody Battle is to Blame for a Double Shooting in the City's Northeast

Then both Lewis and the woman were shot, and the woman was hurt so badly that she couldn’t call 911. Someone nearby called 911 and told police they heard gunshots inside the apartment and then saw two men leave the complex in a silver car.

The woman said to police Lewis did have a gun, but he kept it on the couch under his arm and never pointed it. During their investigation, the police found no signs that the apartment had been broken into. Several spent shell casings were found near two spots of blood on the floor and couch.

Here is the tweet by indystar A child custody feud was at the root of a double shooting that left one man dead and a woman critically injured on the northeast side of Indianapolis, according to court documents.

When the woman’s father got to the apartment, he told investigators that his daughter and Hurt were still fighting over their son’s custody, visitation, and care.

The affidavit says that multiple cameras in the area caught the silver car described by the 911 caller and its licence plate.

On the day of the shooting, Hurt was first taken into custody on drug charges that had nothing to do with the crime. Police say he was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting while he was still in jail.

Before this story came out, online court records did not show that Hurt had a lawyer.

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