Community, family rally for justice in shooting death of 10-year-old boy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 22, 2015) - Residents rallied for peace at 40th and Boulevard days after 10-year-old DeShaun Swanson was killed during a drive-by shooting. Two hours after that shooting Saturday, a two-year-old was wounded in a separate drive-by shooting incident.

"You know when you lose a kid there should be an outcry among the whole city you know and that's my message I want everybody just to come out here and gather, just to politic, just to talk, to show his family that people really do care," said Anthony Hampton.

Members of the community, IMPD and religious leaders all expressed the urgency in finding the killer.

"If you know something, tell something. These kids kids ought to be able to play on the porch, on the sidwalk or in the yard  without the fear of being shot at," said IMPD Chaplain David Coatie.

"Nobody deserves to die that way and certainly  not a 10-year-old who deserved to live. That young man could have been the next president of the united states for all we know or the next mayor of this town, said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

"I have a 10-year-old and that very well could have been my child that got shot. That should resonate with every mother, that should resonate with every parent and  that should resonate with every human individual," said Amanda Boyd, a rally attendee.

Swanson and his mother were at a friend's house in the 3900 block of Graceland when someone drove by and began shooting. Three others were wounded. They were at the home to visit a memorial for a woman who recently died.

"There is nothing strong or tough about covering up for a murderer," said Hampton.

Police have not made any arrests or publicly identified any suspects.

Sources say they are looking at a feud between two families that could be connected with several recent acts of violence. Investigators confirm they are reviewing recent shootings in the area to see if any could be connected.

Armonie Terry, 2, was shot in the 6100 block of East 40th Street that same night. Police found multiple shell casings from an AK-47 at the scene. The toddler is still in the hospital. His mom said he's expected to make a full recovery and she's thankful her son is alive. Investigators are still working the case but have not made any arrests in the case.

"Right after the 10-year-old was killed and my heart definitely goes out to her losing a child is just like, I was really going crazy thinking about it, just thinking about me losing him," said Terry.

A donation account to cover funeral expenses has been set up at J.P. Morgan Chase under the name DeShaun Swanson.

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