Man dies in Greenwood shooting

If you were driving along State Road 135 or stopped for breakfast at a popular Center Grove area restaurant Wednesday morning, police want to hear from you.

After a man was shot and killed in a restaurant parking lot, police have interviewed diners and employees from inside, canvassed the surrounding shopping center and nearby businesses and sought out surveillance cameras that might have captured the shooting.

But hours later, they have no suspects in the case, police said.

Investigators said they believe someone saw something, especially since Four Seasons Restaurant, where the shooting happened, is on State Road 135, just south of County Line Road.

That road is always busy, and when the shooting happened just after 6 a.m., commuters were heading to work and other motorists could have been heading to nearby businesses, Greenwood Police Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

“People may have seen something, and that could be that one little piece of the puzzle that brings it together,” he said.

Police were called to the restaurant after diners and others inside heard shots fired. They found Miguel Angel Hernandez, 34, of Indianapolis, who worked at the restaurant dead in the parking lot, Fillenwarth said. Police found shell casings next to his body.

They do not believe the shooting was random, Fillenwarth said.

An autopsy was being done Wednesday, Coroner Craig Lutz said.

An employee who answered the phone at Four Seasons on Wednesday said the restaurant was closed.

The restaurant was open at the time of the shooting, and diners were inside, Fillenwarth said. Police were interviewing those people, but the shooting happened in the parking lot behind the restaurant, he said.

According to a statement from the restaurant: “As you can imagine, we are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident that occurred this morning. Due to the ongoing police investigation and out of respect for the victim and his family, we will not be making any further statements at this time.”

The restaurant in a shopping center, with multiple other businesses, is a popular gathering place in the area, and was a stop for then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama when he was running for president in 2008.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.