Indianapolis shooting today: 3 Dutch soldiers shot outside a hotel in the downtown entertainment district

INDIANAPOLIS– Three Dutch soldiers were shot and wounded Saturday morning in a shootout in downtown Indianapolis after what local police believe was a disturbance outside the hotel where they were staying, authorities said.

The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. EDT in the Indianapolis entertainment district. Indianapolis police said officers found three men with gunshot wounds and they were taken to area hospitals.

The Dutch Defense Ministry said one soldier was in critical condition and the other two were conscious, while Indianapolis police said two of the soldiers were in critical condition and the third was stable.

The department said the three soldiers were from the Commando Corps and were in Indiana for training when the shooting happened on their own time outside the hotel where they were staying.

Indianapolis police said they believe some sort of altercation between the three victims and another person or people led to the shooting.

The department said the families of the shooting victims have been notified as Indianapolis police continue to investigate the shooting.

No arrests were made.

The Indiana National Guard said the soldiers trained at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 1,000-acre (405-hectare) complex located about 65 kilometers southeast of Indianapolis. The Guard said in a statement that the center is used for training by the Department of Defense “as well as other allies.”

“The Dutch soldiers traveled to Indianapolis at the end of their day of service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers and their families during this difficult time,” the Guard said, WXIN-TV reported.

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