Man Dies in Evansville After Being Shot at Traffic Light, Crashing Car: EPD

Police say the incident, which happened early Monday morning, is being investigated as a homicide.

Posted: May 10, 2021 8:26 AM
Updated: May 11, 2021 8:19 AM

A homicide investigation is underway in Evansville after a Monday morning shooting/crash.

The Evansville Police Department was dispatched to the area of N. First Avenue and W. Virginia Street around 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning for a shots fired call. While officers were en route, another caller said there had been a crash in the same area.

EPD says that when officers arrived, they found a male victim, who has now been identified as 25-year-old Dashambe Ignacio Atkins, dead in the driver's seat of a crashed vehicle. Officers say Atkins appeared to have been shot.

Due to a large number of shell casings found in the area, police believe Atkins was shot multiple times while stopped at a traffic light, causing him to speed through the intersection and crash.

A resident in the area where the shooting took place told 44News she heard the shooting happen just outside of her home.

"I was on the couch, I was watching TV, and I heard gunshots," resident Mary Zimmer said. "They were so close - it happened on the corner down here which is right across from my house."

"It was so loud and so quick I just hit the floor," Zimmer recounted. "I thought for sure they were gonna come through my front window it was so close."

The area where the shooting happened was blocked off for several hours while authorities continued to investigate.

EPD says there are currently no suspects in the shooting.

According to the coroner, Atkins' autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Anyone with information on the incident should call EPD's Detective Office at 812-436-7979

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