At least, that was the case for patrons when a murder occurred at a Chuck E. Cheese on Indianapolis’s far eastside early Sunday evening.
Shots were reportedly fired from outside into the children’s-birthday-themed restaurant around 5:30 p.m, shattering an exterior window and creating chaos as children screamed and parents attempted to rush them to safety. One witness, Jessie Humphries, said she tried to escape out a back door only to find it locked.
“After that, nobody knew where to run, didn’t know who in the building was shooting,” said another woman who was there celebrating the birthday of her twin granddaughters.
Thankfully, only one casualty occurred. A man tentatively identified as Anthony Tinnin was found dead in the parking lot. Police believe he had been inside the Chuck E. Cheese then walked outside shortly before the shooting started. It’s unknown at this time if he was intentionally targeted.
Many of the children present were further tramatized when they saw the victim’s body as they exited the scene.
The perpetrators fled in a white SUV and remain at-large.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact IMPD Detective Lottie Patrick at 317-327-3475 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also anonymously leave information with the Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana by calling 317-262-TIPS (8477).