Man charged after shooting outside federal courthouse

A man who is accused of firing a handgun in front of the Birch Bayh Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis has been charged with firearm and drug offenses.   

Marcus Fennell, 23, faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a weapon in the commission of a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Police heard shots being fired around 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 8 near the federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis. Officers apprehended Fennell near the Indiana War Memorial and found on him a loaded 9 mm handgun and 110 pre-packaged bundles of marijuana for individual sale. Because of a prior felony conviction for robbery, it is illegal for Fennell to possess a firearm.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the maximum penalty he could face is life in prison if convicted on all counts.


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