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Police Looking For Man In Fatal Shooting

Last updated on Saturday, March 16, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Police are looking for a man who fatally shot another man after barging into his home and stealing his car on Indianapolis’ north side early Friday morning.

Julie Pursley and Derrik Thomas, of TheIndyChannel.com staff report, dispatchers were called to the 7800 block of Harcourt Spring Place about 6:40 a.m. Friday on reports of shots fired.

Police said the victim, Thomas Tefft, 67, and his wife were in the home when the assailant came in. Tefft had been reading a newspaper and watching TV and that his wife was sitting at a table sorting medication.

"The suspect came in through the patio door. It was unlocked, but they did still cut some of the screen out, came in," said Indianapolis police spokesman Mike Hewitt. "The wife of the victim grabbed her cellphone and ran into a back room, and she describes hearing a pop and a scream."

The man who came into the home was described as black and in his 20s. He was wearing a ski mask, a black stocking cap and a gray hooded sweatshirt, police said.

Police said the intruder took the couple's black 2009 Hyundai Sonata that was in the garage after killing Tefft.

Officers are looking for the car, which has an Indiana Wesleyan license plate No. IW813.

A detective told RTV6 that the couple were innocent victims and that it was a crime of opportunity. They aren't sure if the home had been targeted or if it was random.

Police were not immediately sure if Tefft struggled with the gunman. His wife was not injured.

To read more on this story visit http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/1-shot-in-home-invasion-on-nw-side

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