Indianapolis police officials are asking for help in catching the shooter who gunned down a 40-year-old mother of five on her doorstep in front of her children, according to WISH TV. At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nerva Singleton was returning to her home in the 5600 block of Dobbs Ferry Drive, near 52nd Street in the Liberty Creek subdivision after a girl’s night out when a “light colored Ford Taurus type vehicle” pulled up and allegedly open fire.
The gunshots startled Singleton’s children inside, which prompted her 23-year-old daughter Jana – who is pregnant with the victim’s second grandchild – to open the front door. She stated that she initially thought it was “someone who was recklessly shooting off a firearm,” but she was in for a shock when she opened the door and discovered her mother lying face down on their doorstep.
Jana stated that, after seeing her mother on the ground, everything seemed to be like the movie Alice in Wonderland. She tried to talk to her mother, but it was to no avail; Singleton’s eyes “were kind of glazed over.”
Indianapolis emergency services were immediately called to the scene, but it was too late. The mother of five was pronounced dead at the scene after bleeding to death on her porch.
Police officer Michael Jefferson stated that learning the mother of five had been gunned down on her doorstep came as a shock. He said, “Right now, we’ve got no suspects. We don’t have anything right now other than witnesses inside hearing the shots, some of those are kids. That’s always a tough situation.”
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The victim’s daughter said that the last time she saw her mother alive was at dinner the previous day, and she was her “happy and normal” self. According to the Daily Herald, Singleton didn’t give any indication that there was anything wrong on the night she was gunned down. “There was no chaos that would lead us to believe that she knew she was in any danger,” said Jana. “I don’t believe she knew why … We just don’t know why.”
Jana couldn’t quite understand why “someone would target her mother, whom she described as a social butterfly, well-liked within clubbing circles, and a fierce protector of her own children.”
“She was our everything, and someone just plainly came and shot my mother down in cold blood, in front of the house where all the children could see. We watched our mother pass away this morning.”
Jana remembers her mother as “being very lively.” She went on to say that “She was full of energy. She was the life of the party. She was willing to help anybody. She was just this family’s backbone. We’re a small family. My mother was all we had.”
The victim’s cousin, Ilisha Hood, said, “For someone to just to wait for her and gun her down and have her five kids see her like that, that was senseless. There’s gonna be a lot of people who miss her.”
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Neighbor Tasia Oliver, 29, told reporters that she recalled hearing four or five gunshots but thought she was daydreaming. After checking on her six children, she looked out of the window to see what was going on. When she later learned that Singleton had been gunned down on her doorstep, she stated that she remembered the victim being “a very nice lady” and stated that their children often played together.
Another neighbor, Gary Johnson, said that the neighborhood is a wonderful place with “kids playing. Very quiet, hardworking people.” He added that, “from what I know she’s a pretty great mother you know.”
Singleton’s family is hoping that someone comes forward with information. Hood said, “Just do what’s right and bring justice to my family. Just make it right.”
As of yet, Indianapolis police officials do not have any leads in the case, but they are asking anyone with any information regarding the shooting death of Nerva Singleton to contact Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
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