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What we know about the Halloween weekend IU fraternity shooting


IU Provost Lauren Robel joins students and friends of Kemontie Johnson in a candlelight vigil Oct. 29 at Showalter Fountain.  Johnson was shot and killed at a fraternity party Oct. 28. Ty Vinson Buy Photos

An off-campus IU fraternity party called “A Nightmare in B-Town” left one man dead Sunday. Two other people were also shot, including one who remains in critical condition. 

“Something that was supposed to be fun turned deadly,” Monroe County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Steve Hale said.

Gunfire rang out around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the Eagle’s Nest, a popular venue for events at the Eagle Pointe Golf Resort near Lake Monroe. The party was put on by the IU chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Sheriff Brad Swain said police believe the shooter is from out of town, and there is no immediate danger to anyone in Bloomington. He said there were four unarmed security guards present at the party.

Kemontie Johnson, 21, died at the scene. He was shot eight times.

The Monroe County coroner confirmed a shot to the neck killed Johnson. He also suffered gunshot wounds to his back, left shoulder, left hand, right forearm, nose and legs.

The Sheriff said the caliber of bullets found indicate the shooter used a semi-automatic handgun.

According to a GoFundMe page started by Kilroy’s on Kirkwood, Johnson worked at the bar. Kilroy’s donated $10,000 to his family for funeral costs.

Rayshawn Walker, 19, was shot in the head once during the altercation. He was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where Swain said he remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

David Walters, 20, was treated for a gunshot wound to his arm after the party but was released from Monroe Hospital in the same day.

None of the three men shot were IU students, according to a University spokesperson.

Police said 300 to 400 people attended the party, and many were trampled as they ran from shots.

“There are a lot of possible witnesses, but there’s reluctance to come forward with information,” the sheriff said.

Detective Mason Peach was on scene after the party cleared out and police tape went up. He said pieces of costumes lay strewn about the venue when he arrived.

IU's National Pan-Hellenic Council, which Kappa Alpha Psi is a member of, released a statement Sunday night saying the council is saddened by the weekend's events.

"At times like this, it is important that we stand together as one IU and progress forward,” the statement read.

A Monday night vigil honoring Johnson drew a crowd of about 300 people.

Around 10 people took turns speaking about Johnson and what he meant to them.

The IDS was asked not to publish those comments.

Before the crowd dispersed, IU Provost Lauren Robel spoke.

“I know the power and the strength of the people standing here tonight,” she said. “I know you will get through this.”

The Provost’s office sent a message to students Monday offering resources to students who were present at the shooting. The message encouraged those affected to contact IU Counseling and Psychological Services.

CAPS services in response to the weekend’s violence are free, the Provost said.

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