On September 19, 2015, around 8:30 p.m., 10 year old De’Shaun Swanson – known as “Little Man” – was with his family at a memorial service at a home in the 3900 block of Graceland Avenue, in Butler-Tarkington. De’Shaun, who was standing just inside the front door, was one of four people shot in a drive-by shooting. According to the FBI, the shots fired at the home came from the front and rear seat passengers in a newer model, silver/gray vehicle with window tint. The vehicle was seen slowly driving by the house multiple times. De’Shaun was rushed to an area hospital but did not survive. He was a fourth-grader at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 and dreamed of being a basketball player.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide of De’Shaun Swanson. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Indianapolis Field Office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the unknown individual(s) responsible for the homicide of De’Shaun Swanson.
This case is being investigated as part of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend, a coordinated federal and local law enforcement initiative to fight violent crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the FBI Indianapolis Field Office at (317) 595-4000, the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana Tips Hotline at (317) 262-TIPS. You may submit an anonymous tip online.