INDIANAPOLIS – A woman who had just dropped off her two children at an Indianapolis day care center was shot and critically injured Tuesday morning in the center’s parking lot by a gunman she told officers was her ex-husband.
Police Lt. Chris Bailey said 17 children were inside Eagle View KinderCare on the city’s northwest side at the time of the shooting, but none of them was injured.
Bailey said 31-year-old Shirley Justice was taken to Methodist Hospital about 7:45 a.m. in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds after she was found bleeding next to her car.
Justice told officers that her ex-husband had shot her, and police were searching for that 33-year-old man. She was shot as she was walking back to her car after dropping off her two children, WRTV-TV reported.
Following the shooting, parents and guardians were called to pick up their children at the center, Bailey said.
Lolita Robinson, 40, of Indianapolis, told the Indianapolis Star she raced to the center to pick up her 6-year-old niece after seeing television coverage of the shooting. Robinson said her niece’s mother is out of town for work.
I had to go make sure my baby girl right here was OK and safe, Robinson said. I’m sorry this bad thing has happened at her day care.
The Star reported that court records show that last week a Marion Superior Court judge awarded sole custody of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter to Justice’s husband.
Court records show that the couple had a tumultuous relationship dating back to at least 2007.
In June 2008, while staying at a domestic violence shelter, Justice filed a complaint saying her husband had physically abused her for several months. An Indianapolis police report said Justice told police her husband stated to her that he would kill her and her daughter if she leaves him.