Search for shooting suspect closes schools in Rising Sun, Indiana

Law enforcement searching for suspect following early morning robbery

RISING SUN., Ind. (FOX19) - The search for a shooting suspect shut down schools Tuesday in Rising Sun, district officials say.

Indiana State Police were called to assist the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office with a shooting investigation on State Route 262 about 6 a.m., said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP spokesman.

The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery in the driveway of a residential property in the 3200 block of SR 262.

Sheriff’s officials said two suspects robbed a victim and shots were exchanged between the victim and suspects, leaving a dozen shell casings in the driveway.

One suspect is in the hospital, but another remains at large, they said.

The victim was not injured.

His grandfather, Tony Mondary, said the victim was on his way to work just after 5 a.m. when he was ambushed.

“Two of them jumped him, and they wrassled around,” Mondary said. “They beat him up a little bit.”

His grandson fought back.

“He got to his car and got a pistol and shot one of them, and the other one ran away,” Mondary said.

He said he doesn’t believe the incident was random.

“I think it was a planned robbery,” he explained. “I think they knew my grandson.”

The attempted robbery happened a mile-and-a-half from the Rising Sun School District.

“We are officially allowed to disclose that there was a shooting in Ohio County and the suspect is still at large. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not leave kids alone. Thank you,” Rising Sun Community Schools said in a Facebook post.

The plan is for school to start on time tomorrow, but if law enforcement believes the suspect is still in the area, the superintendent says classes could be canceled again.

Authorities say they are working to get a search warrant for the property.

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