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Police: Brownsburg gunman shot cemetery worker unprovoked, was killed by armed passerby

Indianapolis Star logo Indianapolis Star 7/17/2020 Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star
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Brownsburg police have identified two Indianapolis men killed Wednesday in a shooting and foot chase that ended when an armed passerby wounded in the incident intervened and killed the gunman.

Seth Robertson, 36 and Joshua Hayes, 22, suffered fatal gunshot wounds in the incident that unfolded around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 56th Street and North Grant Street.  

According to a news release from the Brownsburg Police Department, Hayes has been identified as the gunman who launched an unprovoked attack on Robertson and another man while they were working in the cemetery.

a car driving down a street: Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 1:16 pm and after arriving on scene two men were found dead at 56th and North Grant St., in Brownsburg, Ind., Tuesday, July 14, 2020. One man was found south of the intersection of 56th and North Grant St. and the other found west of the intersection. Officers say there is no on going threat to the community. © Grace Hollars/IndyStar Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 1:16 pm and after arriving on scene two men were found dead at 56th and North Grant St., in Brownsburg, Ind., Tuesday, July 14, 2020. One man was found south of the intersection of 56th and North Grant St. and the other found west of the intersection. Officers say there is no on going threat to the community.

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Police said Hayes drove to the scene, stepped out of his vehicle, approached both men and opened fire. 

This led to a foot chase where Robertson and the man he was with separated to seek cover from Hayes’ gunfire, police said. Hayes continued chasing and shooting at Robertson until he caught up with him in the intersection of 56th and Grant.

Police said that is where he shot and killed Robertson.

Hayes then focused his attention on the other man and began another foot chase  through a residential neighborhood and back onto 56th Street. 

The two men met in the westbound lane of 56th Street where a physical altercation ensued and more shots were fired, police said.

Police said a motorist stopped at the traffic light in the eastbound lane of 56th Street was struck by a round fired by Hayes during the altercation.

That motorist was armed and stepped out of his car to intervene. The motorist fired at Hayes as Hayes was pointing his firearm at the head of the man he was chasing. Hayes was struck and died at the scene.

The motorist was legally licensed to carry a firearm, police said. 

The man Hayes was chasing and the motorists were treated at the scene and released after providing statements to police.

The motive for Hayes’ attack is still being investigated, but police said there is no known connection between Hayes and any of the victims. 

Investigators have not uncovered any evidence of criminal conduct by anyone other than Hayes.

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IndyStar reporter Elizabeth DePompei contributed to this story.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.

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