Sunday, July 27, 2014

Burglary is Thwarted When "Victim" Breaking Into Indianapolis House is Shot and Killed

The Indianapolis Star is still developing this story:
Indianapolis police are investigating a fatal shooting on the Near Northside.   
Around 1 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a home in the 3100 block of College Avenue, according to Officer Christopher Wilburn of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.   
"When officers arrived they immediately did a protective sweep of the exterior and interior of the residence," Wilburn said in a news release. "Officers located an unresponsive unidentified male subject with apparent trauma. Investigators do not believe this individual is the homeowner."   
After locating the victim, officers detained a person of interest and transported him to the homicide office for questioning, Wilburn said. 
The shooting occurred during an attempted break-in, police said. Three people were trying to enter the home while the homeowner was inside. 
Gunfire was exchanged, and one of the people trying to break-in was shot, Wilburn said. 
Later on the Star again refers to the person who was shot while breaking into house as a "victim."  They might want to change that as the story is rewritten.  If you get shot while breaking into a house, you're not a victim.


Anonymous said...

How about "recipient"?

Stephen R. Diamond said...

From OED (2nd definition of "victim")

"A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. Also, a person harmed as a result of his or her own action in seeking to attain an object, gratify a passion, etc."