INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 21, 2015) - Neighbors in one north side neighborhood are in shock tonight after finding 18-year-old Kayla Goggins shot to death right in front of their homes in the 6500 block of Crandall Circle Friday night.
“I heard one gun shot, and then I heard five more gun shots. We then called the police and saw the young lady on the ground,” says neighbor Dee Black.
Police say a group of teens got into a fight in the area over an issue they believe started on social media months ago. IMPD says the fight escalated to a 14-year-old pulling out a gun and firing several shots. A bullet struck Goggins, a mother of a 9-month-old son in the chest.
“This young lady had no reason to die, none whatsoever,” says Black.
The 14-year-old boy was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder. His identity has been withheld because he is a minor. The incident serves as more proof to the community that Indianapolis teens are using guns.
“Instead of losing in a fight, teens pull their guns out and some are willing to shoot rather than lose a fight. They do not fully understand the implications when they pull that trigger. You cannot take that bullet back,” says Rev. Charles Harrison.
IMPD was called to the 6500 block of Crandall Circle a few hours before the fatal shooting for a separate disturbance. Neighbors believe both issues were started by the same group of teens.