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Police arrest man in shooting near speedway

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 19-year-old man was being held Saturday on a preliminary charge of murder in the early-morning shooting death of a race fan in a parking lot near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Avory Johnson of Indianapolis was arrested in the death of 25-year-old Max Levine of Kokomo, Speedway Police Lt. Trent Theobald said in a news release.

Marion County Jail spokesman Julio Fernandez said that Johnson is being held without bond on a charge of murder.

Theobald said that Levine was shot in Coke Lot 1 about 2 a.m. An argument preceded the shooting, Theobald told The Indianapolis Star.

The Coke Lot is a popular spot across the street from the speedway, where Indy 500 race fans have set up tents and partied on race weekend for decades.

Levine's mother, Janice Bickel, told The Associated Press that her son went camping in the lot with a group of friends from Kokomo, about 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

Levine had a 3-year-old daughter who lived with him part of the time, Bickel said. He was studying for a business degree at Ivy Tech Community College's campus in Kokomo and also had started training as an apprentice carpenter.

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