A lone gunman atop a South Meridian Street parking garage fired "indiscriminate" shots into the air Thursday afternoon before shooting himself and falling to the sidewalk below, police spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamel said.
Officers were called to the Denison Parking garage just north of Maryland Street and across from Circle Centre mall about 2:20 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired. Several witnesses told police they saw an individual on the eighth floor of the parking garage armed with two handguns.
"He fired a couple indiscriminate shots in the air" before turning a gun on himself, Duhamel said.
The man was later identified as 58-year-old David Frisby of Brownsburg.
Neighboring businesses were locked down as a precaution, he said, after initial reports indicated there were two shooters downtown. A police sharpshooter had his rifle trained on the parking garage roof until investigators determined the gunman was acting alone.
Meridian Street was closed between Washington and Maryland streets while crime scene investigators worked Thursday afternoon.
Attorneys at downtown Indianapolis law firm Barnes & Thornburg were huddled in their offices at 11 S. Meridian as police tried to sort out the situation. Though attorneys didn’t know what was happening outside, they were told not to go outside and instructed to stay away from the external walls—which were penetrated by two bullets, according to partner Don Knebel.
Knebel told Indiana Lawyer that the firm decided about 3:30 p.m. to send out an e-mail alerting employees about the situation, and that they should move to the center of the buildings. Knebel was inside a conference room with about nine other attorneys, who were receiving news updates from their BlackBerries.
Later Thursday, Hendricks County authorities went to Frisby's home about 14 miles west of Indianapolis and found his 44-year-old wife, Mary Jane Frisby, dead. Police say she was killed.
Mary Jane Frisby was an attorney and a former partner at Barnes & Thornburg.
WTHR-TV reports the Frisbys were going through a divorce.
Indiana Lawyer reporter Michael Hoskins contributed to this report.