911 Call Alerts Officers To Victim
April 9, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS -- A man was arrested and charged with murder after a woman was found fatally shot in an alley on Indianapolis' east side early Saturday.
Indianapolis Metro Police were called to an alley just east of the 900 block of Sherman Drive at about 2 a.m.
A 911 caller told dispatchers that she heard a gunshot and then heard a woman screaming, 6News' Myrt Price reported.
"Officers arrived and discovered one female suffering from a gunshot wound," said Kendale Adams, Indianapolis police public information officer. "Indianapolis EMS arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased."
Police charged Oscar Hall, 38, in connection with the shooting. The victim was identified as Lavenna Shorter, 42.
After receiving the tip from the 911 caller, police tracked Hall down at a home in the 9400 block of East 43rd Street, where they took him into custody.
"He was transported to the homicide office, where he was interviewed and subsequently charged with murder," Adams said.
Police said the shooting may have been the result of some sort of domestic dispute. Neighbors said they believe Shorter was trying to break-up with Hall, which may have sparked the dispute.
"From what I understand, he may have been stalking her," Adams said.
Police said Hall has a lengthy criminal record and was just released from prison earlier this year.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The family of a slain Indianapolis woman who police said was killed by her boyfriend early Saturday is speaking publicly.
Lavenna Shorter's family said they are still in shock about her death, but they admit they knew she was having problems with her boyfriend, 6News' Myrt Price reported.
"He killed my daughter, and it was cold-blooded," said Marie Adams, Lavenna's mother.
"It's killing me, man. That was my baby. Words cant describe," said Lavenna's father.
Shorter's family said they are devastated and are still trying to come to terms with the fact that she is gone.
"She was a nice young lady. She wasn't into nothing. (She would) go to work and take care of her two girls. She was just a nice person, anyone will tell you in the world she was a beautiful person," Adams said.
Family members said the nightmare began Saturday morning when Oscar Hall barged into her home.
"He stole her key. She didn't know he had a key, and he opened her door. He came in and started tripping and she said, 'Let's go. I'm going to take you home.' That's where she was taking him to his mother's house," Adams said.
However, once the couple arrived in the 900 block of Sherman Avenue, police said Hall shot and killed Shorter.
Police said the shooting happened in front of Shorter's daughter, Corey Hooten.
Hooten said after the suspect shot her mother, he then pointed the gun at her.
"He put the gun to my head and asked me if I want to be next," Hooten said.
Hooten said Hall eventually lowered the gun and drove off.
"For some reason, God stepped in and saved her," Adams said.
Shorter's family said Lavenna and Hall had been dating for a few months, but she had recently been trying to break things off.
"I just don't understand why he did this," Adams said.
The family said the only way they can ever have closure is for the suspect to pay for what he allegedly did.
"I want justice," said Adams. "I want him punished severely."
Shorter's mother offered advice to women who may find themselves in a troubled relationship: get away as fast as you can and don't be afraid to get help from family and friends.
August 25, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A man was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to killing his 42-year-old girlfriend.
Oscar Hall was charged with murder from an incident on April 9, when police say he shot his girlfriend, Lavenna Shorter, in the head after an argument escalated. It happened around 2 a.m. in an alley in the 900 block of Sherman Avenue, near 10th Street.
Shorter’s daughter was reportedly home when the shooting happened.