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Indianapolis Man Allegedly Attacks Crowd, Accidentally Stabs Himself After Bullhorn Dispute
He was asked to stop playing his bullhorn, so he allegedly pulled out a knife and went on a stabbing spree.
It started with a bullhorn and ended with a stabbing.
An Indianapolis man allegedly attacked a group of strangers — and accidentally stabbed himself in the process — after they asked him to stop sounding a bullhorn in front of them on a peaceful Saturday afternoon.
The group was hanging out near the city's Central Library when Gary Madison drove up on a bicycle and approached them, according to The Indianapolis Star. He started setting it off, and a pregnant woman, Taylor George, asked him to stop because she was scared the noise would trigger her friend's epilepsy.
Madison then allegedly brandished a knife and tried to stab George and her friends.
"He pulled his knife out of his pocket and when he couldn’t get us with the knife, he threw his bike at us," George told the Star.
George said her friends and family in the group tried to stop Madison. A struggle ensued, leading to three men getting stabbed — James Anderson Jr., 28; Edward Lee Atkins, 26; and Johnny Gilson, 46 — while Madison also accidentally turned the knife on himself, according to a police report. Two of the victims were in critical condition and two were in serious condition, according to The Associated Press. It’s not clear who is in what condition.
Witness Brandy Smith said that Anderson was stabbed while protecting her.
“I’m just hoping that my friend, Little James, lives because if he doesn’t it’s going to hurt me, because he was protecting me," Smith told WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. She said that the attacker had "evil eyes."
One of people in the group held Madison down until police could come and arrest him.
According to jail records, Madison faces preliminary charges of battery by means of a deadly weapon. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer. Also unclear is any motive behind the attack. Witnesses said that Madison and the people he allegedly attacked didn't know each other, but they did recognize him from around town.
After the attack, firefighters had to hose blood from the stairs of the library, WTTV in Indianapolis reported.
[Photo: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department]