Death – 17-year-old shot in front of brother Monday

Death – Obituary

Update: This story was updated Sept. 13 to include information about man killed at East Washington and North Davidson streets.

A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot while playing a game with his younger brother outside a home on the near east side of Indianapolis Monday afternoon, according to police.

The teen was shot outside a home in the first block of North Randolph Street near the intersection with East Ohio Street at 4:15 p.m., according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. 

Officers found the teen suffering from gunshot wounds, and he was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he died. A police report from the incident lists a handgun as the weapon used in the shooting. The report also lists potential offenses of murder and vandalism in the case.

On Tuesday afternoon the Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the teen as Ross Anthony Mitchell. 

Police Tuesday morning said investigators learned Mitchell was “playing curb ball with his younger brother” when the shooting started. Detectives said “an unknown Black male wearing a light hoodie and dark pants” walked out of a nearby alley and shot the teen.

Indianapolis police investigate a fatal shooting in the first block of North Randolph Street about 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

The suspect is described as 5 foot 6 inches tall and about 160 pounds. Police said the suspect was armed with a handgun and was “last observed running west from the scene.” Video footage provided by police shows a person wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt walking through a residential area.

The North Randolph Street shooting was the second fatal shooting within an hour Monday afternoon. About 45 minutes earlier and less than a mile away, two men were shot, one fatally, near downtown Indianapolis at the intersection of East Washington and North Davidson streets.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.