Shooting leads to resident’s arrest

Tristan Crayton

Tristan Crayton

A 28-year-old Westfield man was arrested by Indianapolis Metro Police for a shooting that left four people injured in Broad Ripple in the early morning hours of Aug. 2.

Officers were called around 3 a.m. to the 6200 block of North College Avenue, outside of The Vogue nightclub, on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found four people suffering from gunshot wounds, none of which were life-threatening.

The shooting happened after Tristan Crayton, 28, and a friend got into an argument with Andrew Allen of Carmel. Everyone involved in the argument was ejected from RA Niteclub. Crayton told police he tried to get his friends into a vehicle when Allen, Gabriel Daniels of Filmore, and Raymond Williams of Indianapolis accosted them.

One of Crayton’s friends was punched in the face. Crayton then pulled out a gun and fired, striking Allen, Daniels and Williams. A fourth victim, Samuel Wade, was struck by a stray bullet. He was not involved in the previous confrontation. According to IMPD, Crayton has a lifetime permit to carry his gun.

According to the police report, Crayton said he’d acted in self-defense because the people he shot were trying to attack him and had already assaulted one of his friends.

An off-duty IMPD reserve officer working part-time in the area responded to the scene before more officers arrived. Crayton approached officers and told them what had happened. He was taken into custody and his handgun was retrieved.

Crayton was arrested on counts of battery with injury and criminal recklessness. His preliminary hearing was postponed by a Marion County judge and he was released from jail on Aug. 7. Prosecutors elected to not file formal charges, instead referring the case to a grand jury for further review. It is not known when a grand jury might be called to review the case.