Officers with the Evansville Police Department are treating an incident that happened at Woodland Park Apartments on Monday as an Attempted Murder.
According to EPD, the victim said he was sitting in the complex's parking lot in the driver's seat of his car on Monday when he saw a silver vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, pull into the lot.
The victim says that's when the passenger-side window of the silver vehicle rolled down and a black male pointed a handgun in his direction.
When bullets started flying, the victim ran to the north through the apartment complex for cover. He said the shooter and driver were wearing masks, and that he didn't recognize either of them. The victim's vehicle was struck at least four times, in the windshield, the driver-side door, and in the front.
Police say four .45 caliber shell casings were found in the parking lot and collected as evidence.
EPD is treating the incident as an Attempted Murder, urging anyone with more information on the incident to speak out, as few details are known at this time.
"It's being classified as attempted murder, but once again we don't have a lot of information," said EPD Officer Taylor Merriss. "If they can provide any type of tips, information, if they were a witness, anything to help our detectives office."
The department's investigation began just days after a separate incidence of violence in the area, after an autopsy indicated that 23-year-old Keshon Hensley, whose body was found outside of the apartments, died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Community leader William Payne says the issue is nothing new.
"For the past year, it's just been a mess out there," Payne explained. "It was bad before COVID, and I think it's gotten worse since COVID because of the economic crisis."
"We put a petition out about Woodland Park last year, and it had over 3,000 signatures," Payne went on to say.
After not receiving the response he wanted from the petition, Payne now thinks it's up to the community to come together.
"Our city and our administration should try to hold these landlords, especially the owners of Woodlands, accountable for their properties," Payne stated.