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Purdue Poly student killed in weekend shooting

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Purdue Polytechnic High School student James Johnson III was killed in a shooting the evening of Feb. 4 at a home in Irvington.

“Devastated to hear of the loss of one of Purdue Poly’s best and brightest,” a tweet from the school’s athletics Twitter account read. “… James was certainly one of a kind and will be missed the entire Techie family.”

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to a report of a person shot at a home in the 5600 block of Lowell Avenue around 11 p.m. Police found a teen, later identified as Johnson, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Johnson, 17, was part of the class of 2024.

‘317 Fruit Man’

Johnson played basketball and competed with the track team at Purdue Polytechnic, and he started 317 Fruit Man to provide produce to underserved communities. He went by the @317fruitman on Instagram.

“Really, I want to own my own business and be an entrepreneur,” he told WTV-6 in 2021. “Just work for myself.”

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