INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Another violent night across Indianapolis leaves two teens with gunshot wounds and another in police custody.
“It is in all of these school systems. Kids are being recruited to be in these gangs and cliques,” says Reverend Charles Harrison of Ten Point Coalition.
As the violence continues to grow, the age of the suspects and victims keeps on dropping. Early Saturday morning police say a 14-year-old boy shot a 19-year-old boy in the stomach, just a short while later another teen was shot in the chest on Indy’s Westside.
“A lot of kids are saying on the street that they feel that they need to get a gun just to protect themselves from other kids or teens that have guns,” says Harrison.
Earlier this week 14-year-old Darrel was walking home when he was shot in the legs three times.
“The guns need to go right now! When people are shooting up kids, it makes no sense,” says Darrel’s mom Shronda Hayen.
Also this week, 18-year-old Damichael Forrest was shot and killed at 42nd and Mitthoeffer. Community leaders are reaching out to children as young as six to get them involved in positive programs so they don’t turn to violence for something to do.
WADE, Working Against Despair Everyday is a community group that focuses on getting youth off the streets and keeping them busy. WADE coaches at risk kids in several sports and gives them a place to turn to when they need help.
“We are in a state of crisis. Right now, we are doing everything that we can in our community to volunteer and help out,” says Damon Lee President of WADE.
WADE volunteers say kids need positive answers to their troubling questions.
“What are we going to do next? What is there going to be for us? Are drugs, violence, and gangs all that we have to look forward to?” says WADE coach Darryl Smith.