Bloomington Subway employee arrested and charged with shooting man outside restaurant



DEC. 8, 2023 UPDATE: A jury has handed down a verdict of not guilty in the attempted murder case against Sean Rivers, who has been held in jail since the shooting.

As a result of the verdict following the trial this week, Rivers was released from custody and the first steps have begun to expunge the charges.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – A Bloomington man is facing an attempted murder charge after police say he allegedly shot a man outside of a Subway restaurant Saturday afternoon.

Officers with the Bloomington Police Department responded to the Subway near the 45 Bypass around 1:30 p.m. after callers told dispatch a man had shot another man and was running south from the restaurant.

Police say they located a 51-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was transported to a hospital and last listed in critical condition.

Bloomington Police arrested and charged Sean Rivers, 22, with Attempted Murder. Rivers allegedly shot a man in the chest outside of a Bloomington Subway. (Monroe County Correctional Center)

Investigators identified the suspect as Sean Rivers, 22, of Bloomington, and determined Rivers was an employee of the Subway restaurant.

Police say that witnesses told them that an argument ensued between Rivers and the man over where the victim had parked his vehicle.

The victim had allegedly left the restaurant, and Rivers followed him out. A short time later, witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot and told police they saw Rivers come back into the restaurant to gather his belongings before he fled the area.

He was located by police just before 2 p.m. at a residence just a short distance from the restaurant.

Rivers was booked into Monroe County Jail and faces a charge of Attempted Murder, a level 1 felony.