INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police have confirmed that two Clark County judges were involved in an early morning shooting today in Indianapolis.
Brad Jacobs and Drew Adams were in Indianapolis for a judicial conference that begins today.
Just after 3:23 a.m., officers with the IMPD were dispatched on reports of a person shot at 55 W. South St. Responding officers located two men with apparent gunshot wounds, a news release stated.
Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported both victims to local hospitals for treatment.
Jacobs underwent surgery this morning, according to local sources. The Indiana Supreme Court information office, handling media inquiries, reports Jacobs is in critical and stable condition and Adams is in stable condition.
Detectives now say the entire incident occurred in the White Castle parking lot. Police earlier said the shooting ended at the parking lot, but began as a disturbance at a nearby bar.
Police said the investigation is active and ongoing. Detectives do not have information to believe that this incident was related to their judicial duties.
Both Jacobs and Adams are well-known in the Jeffersonville community, rocked by news of the shooting. Clark County courts, where they have served since being elected to the bench in 2014, are closed for the day but will reopen Thursday.
Clark County Presiding Judge Vicki Carmichael is shocked to learn of the overnight violence involving her fellow judges. Along with her colleagues, she is in Indianapolis attending educational programming, according to Supreme Court media relations, which issued a news release.
Judge Carmichael has been assured that there is no reason to believe the judicial officers were targeted because of their positions with the Judicial Branch. This appears to be a random act of violence.
It is important for detectives to investigate the situation; therefore, Carmichael will not be making any statements regarding the particulars of the event, the news release stated.
However, Carmichael has spoken with fellow judges who were with Adams and Jacobs and she has been advised certain reports circulating about the event are inaccurate. She urges caution until police provide details and/or make an arrest. Judge Carmichael appreciates the outpouring of support and love from the members of the Clark County community.
A prayer vigil for the men is planned for 7:30 this evening at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, according to the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill. The church is located at 321 E. Market St., Jeffersonville.
The Indiana Judicial Branch holds educational conferences throughout the year and judges from across the state are in Indianapolis for one of the continuing education learning sessions.
Chief Justice Loretta Rush has visited with both judges and their families and expressed the support of the entire judicial branch. “Our judges across the state are heartbroken to learn of this violent act against our colleagues," she said. "We send our prayers for a speedy recovery for both Judge Jacobs and Judge Adams and our love and support to their families and the Clark County community.”