INDIANAPOLIS — Lights could be seen shining through the windows at VASA Fitness, but a sign on the front door says the facility is closed until further notice.
And while life may return to normal for some, Tuesday night’s shooting has changed them forever for some.
The gunshot wound to Raul Alvarez’s leg is covered with medical tape and gauze. As blood oozed from the bandages, flashbacks to when Alvarez was shot played in his head.
“When I went into the bathroom, I felt something on my leg, and when I lifted my leg, like my pants, I saw a hole and it started bleeding,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez was one of two people shot and killed when the suspect entered the fitness center and opened fire. The accident sent him and a 16-year-old boy to the hospital.
“It’s a little traumatic,” Alvarez said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to that gym. It kind of sucks.”
Jonathan Carr, 18, said he was just meters from the gunman.
“I was just acting without thinking, really. I just… the next thing I knew, I was just crawling on the ground and heading to the yoga room. And I was praying. The whole time. I was praying,” Carr said. .
The next thing Carr knew, the gunman was gone and people were running toward the front door.
“There were probably about 200 people in the gym at this point,” Kerr recalled. “And we got to the door when there were still about 150 people. We held the door open so people could squeeze through.”
Carr said he looked at his feet and saw the evidence.
“I saw the bullet steaming up and it was like when it hit me, I choked up a little bit and thought, ‘Wow,'” Carr said.
Alvarez was in the bathroom as people rushed through the door to leave. Inside were two of his friends and a complete stranger named Tiffany, who helped him out.
“I’m pretty grateful. I’m pretty grateful, yeah,” he said. “Thankfully they were there.”
Police are still searching for the person responsible for the shooting.
Representatives from VASA Fitness’ corporate team say they hope to reopen by Friday.