INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Investigators say a bar fight preceded a fatal shooting on the northwest side in February.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday that Ariial Smith and Ebonie Parks have been arrested in the case. Smith and Parks are sisters. Smith is accused of killing 25-year-old Secoyia Williams. Parks is accused of helping Smith.
Court documents acquired by News 8 shed more light on what happened in the early morning hours of February 25 at Club Kalakutah in the 4700 block of Century Plaza Road.
According to court documents, the sisters were at the club that night to support Parks’ ex-boyfriend, who was performing that night. Witnesses said Smith had won a dance competition during the evening.
The ex-boyfriend, identified in court documents by the initials “AU,” said Parks was upset that Williams was there. He told IMPD detectives that Williams was “trying to be friendly with everyone and buying everyone drinks”. He said he saw Smith take off her shoes, which he understood to mean she was going to start a fight.
Several witnesses said Smith threw a drink in Williams’ face.
Smith was then taken out of the club by a security guard.
Smith and Williams then got into a vehicle, witnesses said. A club security officer said Williams was “hitting the window in the front passenger door with his heels”, according to court documents.
“AU” said Smith rolled down the passenger-side front window and pointed a gun at Williams. He said Williams was backing up with his hands up when Smith opened the vehicle door and shot Williams. With Parks in the driver’s seat, he said the sisters then drove off.
Detectives then began the search for Smith before finding her at a residence in the 3200 block of N. Kenwood Ave. on the afternoon of February 28.
Court documents indicate that a SWAT team was dispatched to the residence for assistance.
In an interview with IMPD Homicide Detectives, Smith first said she only heard one shot before saying she shot Williams by accident, intending to fire a warning shot because “she was afraid of the large crowd”, according to court documents.
Smith faces preliminary charges of murder and criminal mischief. Parks faces a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal.
Online jail records indicate that Smith and Parks have initial hearings Thursday morning.