Bloomington police look for leads in Wednesday morning killing on city’s east side

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, a 20-year-old Bloomington man was shot and killed on the city’s east side, according to a Thursday news release from Bloomington police.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call detective Wade Berry at (812) 339-4477.

According to the news release, police responded just before 6 a.m. to several 911 calls that reported shots fired in the 700 block of S. Clarizz Boulevard. That’s a north-south street that runs east of College Mall.

But when officers arrived, they did not see any victims or a crime scene. What they did find was an apartment with a back door that looked like it had been forced open, but no one inside, according to the release.

After a more than an hour-long search of the vicinity, which included a wooded area to the west of the apartment building, officers found a man lying in the woods who was dead of apparent gunshot wounds, the release said.

The Monroe County coroner confirmed the cause of death as gunshot wounds. Toxicology results are still pending, according to the release.

Investigators later managed to locate the occupant of the apartment with the back door that had been forced open. According to the release, two unknown men with face-coverings had kicked in the back door of the apartment and chased the victim out the front door just before the shooting.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call detective Wade Berry at (812) 339-4477.

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