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7 shot, 1 critical, in popular Indianapolis neighborhood

– A shooting in a bar-hopping Indianapolis neighborhood that injured seven people may have been set off by two people bumping into each other in the street, police said Saturday.

“It looks like it was two guys bumped into each other, and it took off from there. There was no rhyme or reason,” Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite said.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man on a preliminary charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and questioned him about the shooting.

He was not charged in connection with the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Chris Bailey said.

“We don’t know who the shooter was yet. Shooter or shooters,” Bailey said.

More than 12 hours later, investigators were still trying to sort out what happened and were hoping witnesses would come forward after the initial fear had eased.

“We know some of the things that happened, but we need confirmation,” Hite said.

Police said one man was in critical condition at a local hospital.

Five other men and a woman also were shot but did not have life-threatening injuries, authorities said. All of the victims are in their 20s.

Hite said many officers, including some who were off duty, responded to the gunfire about 2:23 a.m. Saturday in the Broad Ripple area, about a half-hour before the bars were to close at 3 a.m.

The neighborhood, about 8 miles north of downtown Indianapolis, has many bars and restaurants and is popular among college students and other young people.