Affidavit: Man accused of firing shots into Sophia Square found passed out in parking garage 


An Indianapolis man accused of firing multiple gunshots into Sophia Square on Dec. 8, injuring a man working out at Anytime Fitness, had used Airbnb to rent an apartment for the night in the building and was found by police passed out and smelling of alcohol in the parking garage, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Dec. 13 in Hamilton County.

CIC COM 1214 Downtown Shooting Shoaga

Moses Shoaga, 25, is in the Hamilton County Jail facing felony charges of criminal recklessness and aggravated battery and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license. The man he shot, who was working out with his girlfriend at the time, was later discharged from the hospital with the bullet still lodged in his upper right thigh, according to the affidavit.

Police used video footage from Anytime Fitness and the surrounding area to piece together what happened. According to the affidavit, the footage shows Shoaga exit the the north side of Sophia Square Apartments at approximately 4:16 a.m. and appear to be stumbling as he walked along 1st St. NW.

As he nears the parking garage entrance on the east side of the building on 1st Ave. NW, he appears to fire a shot upward at 4:19 a.m. toward the apartments above Anytime Fitness. Police later found a shell casing in that area.

One minute later, the footage shows Shoaga firing several rounds into the north and south walls of the parking garage, with one of the bullets shot at the north wall striking the man working out inside Anytime Fitness.

After being called to the scene, officers began searching the area and soon found Shoaga, who matched the suspect’s description, passed out on the first floor of the parking garage. He was initially unresponsive but woke up as he was being detained. He had a 9 mm handgun in his possession.

Officers found video showing Shoaga near an apartment in Sophia Square listed as an Airbnb and determined that he had rented it for Dec. 7-8.

During an interview, Shoaga told Carmel police he was in the area attending a party at an Airbnb at Sophia Square but that he did not remember leaving the apartment or using his firearm during the incident.

The case is being handled by Hamilton County Superior Court 1.