The wrong place.
At the wrong time.
A robbery gone wrong (after all, the police say the black male responsible for his death was just trying to rob him...).
And it cost a white man, merely trying to deliver food, his life.
[Local musician murdered while delivering food to east Indianapolis apartment, WTHR.com, 11-5-15]:
A delivery driver died in an incident that included a suspected robbery, shots fired and a vehicle crashing through an apartment building.
Police responded to the shooting report around 10:10 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Windsong Drive near 21st and Mitthoeffer on the east side of Indianapolis.
Mark Miller, 27, was killed when he went to deliver food to an apartment complex near 21st and Mitthoeffer. After he was shot, police say he slammed his truck into an unoccupied apartment unit.
Officers responding to the scene found Miller's body inside the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Peter Hutchins, 25 (left) arrested for murder of Mark Miller--he was shot to death while delivering food Tues night. pic.twitter.com/0cR5DxDSew— Jeremy Brilliant (@JeremyWTHR) November 5, 2015
"In this particular instance, we believe the delivery driver was truly at the wrong place at the wrong time, was the intended victim of a robbery and, ultimately, it cost him his life," said IMPD Lt. Richard Riddle.
Several neighbors heard the commotion at witnessed the crime.
"Our dog was barking, so we ran down the stairs and heard a crash in the meantime and looked outside and saw that. We heard the thump and we came down and looked and, in the meantime, I was looking out the front window and I saw a person running," said Molly Riffell. "Not sure if that's related, but you could see him lollygag at first, then he took off in a sprint."
She says the person who fled was dressed in all black.
A neighbor living in an apartment above the one that was hit said she saw the incident unfold right in front of her.
"Across the way here, I saw a car parked facing west and the next thing I heard was gunshots and I saw the fire from the gun," Jessica Civils said. "I heard screeching, yelling and all of a sudden the car floored it, backed up, hit the car port, and I basically watched him plow towards us.
"It was very scary," she said. "I thought the floor would collapse."
Civils said her 4-year-old daughter hasn't wanted to leave her side.
"Didn't want to go to sleep, didn't want to stay here, so we're going to try to be in the process of moving just because it's dangerous out here," Civils said. "This isn't the first time police have been called here in the past week."
Oh... about the suspect. Peter Hutchings, a black male, is the man suspected of killing Miller. He has a criminal history, but saw his sentence suspended. [Police arrest suspects in connection with murder of Indianapolis delivery driver, Fox59.com, 11-5-15]:
Police have made arrests in the shooting death of an Indianapolis delivery driver.Mark Miller was shot as he was making a food delivery Tuesday night. Miller’s family is relived that police have made an arrest, but an arrest they told us, doesn’t bring this brother and son back.
Julie Garner had to fight back the tears, “I’m very angry; my son was ripped out from underneath me,” she said.
Peter Hutchings, the suspected killer of just another white guy in Indianapolis
Her son, 27 year old Miller was killed Tuesday night making a delivery for the China King restaurant near 21st Street and Mitthoeffer Road on the East Side of Indianapolis. He was shot and killed while driving. His car was found lodged in an apartment building nearby.
“It brings closure, I mean it really kind of eases my mind that somebody is off the street and maybe another parent doesn’t have to go through this again,” said Garner.
Police arrested 25 year old Peter Hutchings Thursday and charged him with attempted robbery and the murder of Miller.
“I would like for him to look me dead in the eyes and me be able to tell him what he’s taken away from me,” said Garner.
Hutchings has a history. According to court documents, he was arrested in 2008 for robbery and criminal confinement. He served time, but had some of his sentence suspended.
“He could’ve been locked up but someone else could do the same thing. It happens all the time over there. It happens all the time on the East side, it happens all the time everywhere, just sometimes it happens to you,” said Corey Miller, Miller’s brother.
“We are occurring more than we have in previous years. The violence seems to be more escalated. Just a total disregard for peoples’ lives and property more or less,” said IMPD Homicide Detective Bob Fleck.The wrong place.
At the wrong time.
A robbery gone wrong.
And yet another white family can only watch in horror as their loved one is murdered by a black individual, and the story quickly fades from the front pages of the newspaper and the local nightly newscast.
Is this the future for all white people in America?
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