Teen charged for alleged involvement in Lawrence Central shooting

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Paul Rayner

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 25, 2016) – A Lawrence North student has been charged for his alleged role in the shooting of another teen at the Lawrence Central High School basketball game Friday night.

The shooting occurred outside of the school in the final moments of the Lawrence Central boys’ basketball game against Warren Central. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and taken to Riley Hospital.

According to court documents, the victim and several witnesses were able to identify the shooter as Paul Rayner, 17.

Officers made contact with Rayner’s guardian, and she brought him to the police department. While speaking with police, Rayner admitted that he had a gun for protection, and he told police he “fired it in the air” at the school to frighten a large group that followed him outside. He told police he threw the gun in a lake after the shooting.

Both the suspect and the victim told Lawrence Police that they and their friends have been involved in an ongoing dispute for over a year. The groups were involved in prior incidents, most of which occurred in the Castleton area.

Rayner has been charged with criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun without a license, and dangerous possession of a firearm. He is being charged as an adult.

The school district is now working with Lawrence Police to review and possibly modify their current security protocols for extracurricular activities. Once they finalize and implement any changes, they’ll be sharing the details with the public.

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