(BLOOMINGTON) - No arrests have been made yet, in the death of 28-year-old Ulysses Goethe, of Bloomington, who was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in the Crestmont neighborhood in Bloomington.
Bloomington police Sgt. John Kovach stated in a news release says the shooting was an isolated incident and unrelated to the hundreds of people standing in line seeking Section 8 applications from the Bloomington Housing Authority. Witnesses at the scene say the shooting was over a woman.
Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer said Goethe suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the shooting scene in the 1000 block of North Illinois Street around 3 a.m.
His body was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital, where an autopsy will be performed this morning.
Funeral arrangements for Goethe, who also goes by "Lish," are pending at Allen Funeral Home.
Bloomington police were called to a shooting incident at 2:19 a.m. Wednesday and found Geothe lying in the street.
Wednesday afternoon, police were still interviewing witnesses and people who were in the area at the time of the shooting.
Police are pursuing several leads. Kovach would not comment on the details of the investigation Wednesday. He would not say if police have recovered the gun used, what type of gun was used or if shell casings were found.
More than one shot was fired during the incident, but police are still trying to determine the exact number of rounds fired. Kovach was unable to release whether a firearm or casings were recovered at the scene.
Other witnesses waiting in line said the shooting came from someone in a silver Chrysler. Witnesses said they watched this car drive slowly up and down West 13th Street several times before hearing shots.
Kovach said witnesses told police about a silver Chrysler leaving the scene of the shooting, and police have been investigating those reports.
Several witnesses criticized officers on the scene, saying they allowed the body to lie in the street, uncovered, for nearly three hours. Kovach acknowledged that people may find it disrespectful to not cover a body at a crime scene, but investigators do that "because it is the preservation of evidence."
Even a clean sheet from an ambulance may wind up with DNA or hair on it, and could alter the scene or body of evidence, he explained.
"It is the preservation of evidence," Kovach said. "It's just the best way to do it to keep it from being contaminated."
Hours after the shooting, a group of men and women gathered at the scene to mourn the loss of the friend and neighbor. They did not comment, saying they needed time and privacy to grieve for their friend.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.
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