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Indiana man charged with murder in shooting death of Dutch soldier allegedly told friend he ‘just had a blast’

Indiana man charged with murder in shooting death of Dutch soldier allegedly told friend he ‘just had a blast’
Indiana man charged with murder in shooting death of Dutch soldier allegedly told friend he ‘just had a blast’

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A 22-year-old Indiana man accused of opening fire on a group of Dutch soldiers, killing one and injuring two others, was charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder on Thursday, it said. Marion County District Attorney Ryan Mears.

Shamar Duncan was arrested Tuesday after the shooting in the early hours of Saturday morning outside a downtown Indianapolis hotel.

Simmie Poetsema, a 26-year-old member of the Dutch commando corps, was pronounced dead on Monday. Two other Dutch soldiers were also hit by gunfire and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were in the United States for military training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, an army base about 70 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

Shamar Duncan, 22, was charged on Thursday, September 1, 2022 with murder in the fatal shooting of a Dutch soldier and the wounding of two others in downtown Indianapolis.
(Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

Duncan and two other men got into an altercation with Dutch soldiers in the street as they returned from a club at around 3.30am.

After that initial scuffle, Duncan fired shots from a van, later telling a friend he “just had a blast,” according to an affidavit obtained by the Indianapolis Star.

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A witness told investigators that Duncan’s group was “looking for trouble” the morning of the incident and got into a fight with another group before the shooting, according to the affidavit.

“What they were doing outside I’m not entirely sure, but I was told that the alleged perpetrators shot at the drive-by and three of them ended up being victims of that shooting,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said this week.

Three members of the Dutch Commando Corps, who were training at a center, were shot dead outside the hotel in downtown Indianapolis early Saturday morning.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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A lawyer for Duncan could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Mears, the prosecutor, said the other two men who were with Duncan could still face criminal charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paul Best is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @KincaidBest.

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