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Indianapolis, Indiana’s Shamar Duncan accused of shooting Simmie Poetsema, 2 other Dutch soldiers

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Shamar Devonte Duncan, 22, of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States allegedly shot three members of Korps Commandotroepen, a special defense unit of the Royal Netherlands Army. The shooting happened near bars and nightclubs in Indianapolis at around 3:30 a.m. on August 27, 2022.

After a scuffle at a bar in Indianapolis, the three Dutch soldiers returned to the Hampton Inn in Indianapolis. They were outside the hotel when a Ford F-150 pickup truck pulled up and someone in the vehicle opened fire.

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The three victims were among the Dutch soldiers housed at the Hampton Inn while training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Jennings County, Indiana. One of the victims, Simmie Poetsema, 26, died of his injuries surrounded by family and colleagues, the Dutch Defense Ministry announced on August 29, 2022.

On August 30, 2022, Duncan was arrested and charged with murder. He will not be eligible for release from jail while the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office reviews the case, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Duncan’s mugshot has yet to be released. He is 6’0″ tall and he weighs 215 pounds.

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“Conflict resolution has too often become people just pulling out guns and shooting each other,” Fox 59 quoted Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett, 65, as saying. “The tragedy is that people got into a dispute and they ultimately resolved that dispute by pulling out a gun and shooting at one another.”

Born in Rushville, Rush County, Indiana, Hogsett was the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Indiana from September 30, 2010 to July 31, 2014. He assumed office as the 49th mayor of Indianapolis on January 1, 2016.

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Founded on January 6, 1821, Indianapolis was incorporated as a town on September 3, 1832 and as a city on March 30, 1847. It is the 15th most populous city in the city.

Actors Kristina Wagner, 59, and Brendan Fraser, 53, and musician Kenneth Brian “Babybace” Edmonds, 63, were all born in Indianapolis. The city is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war casualties in the U.S. outside of Washington, D.C.

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