Young Man Shot Fatally Near Ball State University Campus


June 19, 2021

By Vick Regan

Young Man Shot Fatally Near Ball State University Campus. 

MUNCIE,Ind.—Muncie police on Saturday were investigating an early morning slaying near Ball State University campus. 

 A large area, much of the 1300 block of West Abbott, just west of New York Avenue and a smaller portion of the street east of New York Avenue – was marked off with yellow crime-scene tape.  

The fatal shooting was at the 1300 block of West Abbott Street, was reported at 2:09 a.m. Members of the victim’s family had also arrived at the scene. 

About 3 a.m. three young women were standing at the northeast corner of Abbott and New York Avenue, one sobbing and repeatedly calling out a man’s name.  

Deputy Police Chief Melissa Pease said emergency dispatched has received a report of a “possible fight and shots fired” at that address.  

The victim, Montana Miquel Lopez, 22, who was reportedly shot in the neck has been pronounced dead at the scene, by 2:25 a.m.  

Lopez, formerly of Fort Wayne and Anderson now lived in Muncie. Pease reported he was a freshman at Ball State. 

Officers at times were attempting to preserved evidence while a light rain was falling.  

Several witnesses were taken to Muncie City Hall to be interviewed.  

An ambulance was called back to the scene about 4:30 a.m. to transport the victim’s remains to the morgue at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Delaware County Coroner Rick Howell said an autopsy will be conducted Saturday. 

Pease said anyone with information on the homicide should call the Muncie Police Department’s criminal investigation division at 765-747-4867; Muncie Crime Stoppers at 765-286-4050, or city police dispatchers at 765-747-4838