Man charged in shooting of repair shop employee

A 45-year-old man is facing multiple felony charges after police say he shot an employee at a northeast-side auto repair shop last week when the business denied him service. 

Prosecutors on Monday charged James Lamont Norwood, of Indianapolis, with battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness six days after an employee of Ralph’s Muffler & Brake was shot in the chest at the business in the 4300 block of North Keystone Avenue on May 4.

Norwood is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun with a previous felony conviction within the last 15 years.

James Norwood

According to a probable cause affidavit, shop employees told investigators a man they know as “Spider” had gotten into an argument with workers at the shop the day before the shooting and was told “he would not be allowed to come back to the business.”

On May 4, the man, later identified as Norwood, returned to the repair shop and got into a physical altercation with an employee after they refused to work on the brakes of his car. Indianapolis police were called to the shop shortly after 11 a.m., and Norwood eventually left, saying the situation “will be handled in the street,” investigators said in the affidavit. 

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