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Ben Davis football star identified as teen seriously injured in suspected drive-by shooting

Rondell Allen (Photo courtesy of the Tevin Studdard Show)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A teen seriously injured in a suspected drive-by shooting Sunday night on the northwest side is a football player at Ben Davis High School, sources tell CBS4.

Police identified the victim as 18-year-old Rondell Allen in their report of the shooting. Sources say Allen is a senior at Ben Davis and is still in serious condition.

The shooting occurred Sunday night at Heather Ridge Apartments just after 11:30 p.m.

Allen and two other victims, ages 16 and 18, were sitting in a car when someone drove up and shot at them multiple times. The suspects then fled the scene and have not been captured. Allen was shot in the torso and leg and initially taken to Eskenazi Health.

“At this point in time we are still developing suspect information and looking to get this whoever’s responsible in custody,” IMPD Officer Jim Gillespie said.

The other two people in the car with Allen were not injured.

Allen, a defensive back, recorded 150 tackles for Ben Davis in 22 games, according to He had a total of 840 all-purpose yards on kick returns and interception returns. He is the younger brother of former Ben Davis and Indiana University football player Antonio Allen, according to our partners at the Indianapolis Star.

“A football player or teenager they should be getting ready for school, they should be in school living life, not getting shot,” Christa Frazier said.

This latest shooting is a reminder for her. Frazier’s son, Dijon Anderson, was a Warren Central High School football standout. He was shot and killed earlier this year. She said though she doesn’t know Allen personally, he was friends with her son through seven on seven football.

“They would travel together, but sometimes have to compete against each other, but would cheer each other on as we traveled to different states in the United States for tournaments,” she said.

Frazier said Allen’s team even dedicated a championship win to her son. But hearing another teen shot is another cry for her to help cut down youth violence.

“It’s oh so real all over again. It’s sad and it’s sickening. We have to do something as a community, we have to find a solution to this because we don’t want to keep hearing this,” she said.

An anti-youth violence group started by teens after Anderson’s death, We Live Indy, said it’s planning a walk August 12th at Washington Park with a community day following.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting  to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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