Police investigate shooting of 8-year-old child on Indianapolis’ near northwest side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 31, 2015)— Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the shooting of an 8-year-old boy on the city’s near northwest side.

IMPD says the boy was shot in the arm and the bullet exited the other side of his body.   He was alert and conscious when rushed to Riley Hospital.

The shooting occurred around 2 o’clock in the 1300 block of W. 30th Street, outside of an appliance store.  Employees at the appliance store told our crews the 8-year-old was playing outside with his young cousin.  The little boy is on spring break and his father was working at the store.  He supposedly was waiting for a family member to pick him up.

Police do not believe this was a drive-by shooting, but they’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

“What we can say is we have an 8 -year-old standing outside of a business with another juvenile and that person instantly falls and is a gunshot victim. We’re doing what we can to piece it together,” explains Officer Chris Wilburn, with IMPD.

Police are still looking for the gunman who hurt this little boy.

“What we want to do is focus on getting whoever is responsible for shooting this 8-year-old and getting that person is in custody,” explains Officer Chris Wilburn, with IMPD.

This shooting happened just a few blocks away from where four people were shot and killed last week on Harding Street. The funeral for two of four of the victims was being held Tuesday.  As friends and family were getting ready to do a balloon release in memory of the two victims people were learning about the shooting involving the 8-year-old boy.

“There are too many people that are out here carrying guns who don’t have any regards for the sanctity of human life and that’s just unacceptable,” explains Rev. Charles Harrison, with Ten Points Coalition.

Parents and neighbors in the area were very concerned.  “Praying for the family and this neighborhood because it’s got to get better,” explains Treva Little, a neighbor.

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