MCCORDSVILLE, Ind. – A 17-year old boy who was shot in the back in McCordsville Saturday night remains in an area hospital, according to police investigating the case.
McCordsville Police Assistant Chief, Major Paul Casey, says the teen, identified as Eric Edwards III, was listed in serious but stable condition Monday afternoon. Edwards was reportedly shot in the back the the early prognosis is that he will likely be paralyzed from the chest down.
The update comes as investigators are still working to track down the person who shot the teen in the 6700 block of Odessa Way in the Austin Trace subdivision.
Police say the teen who was shot does not live in McCordsville. They have not said whether Edwards was believed to be the intended target of the shooting. No other information specific to the shooting or circumstances leading up to it are being released.
“It’s all about case integrity,” Major Casey said. “We need to make sure that our case stays solid and that we don’t give away anything, even on accident, that may help us with leads in the case.”
Neighbors say the family who lives in the home was having a get-together Saturday night when the shooting happened.
A glass door on the back of the house was boarded up with plywood Monday morning.
The case represents the first shooting in McCordsville’s history. Casey said they have investigated cases involving accidental shootings or individuals taking their own life, but not a case of this kind.
“I think since the town’s inception,” Casey said. “I’ve been here a little over 24 years, and I don’t think that we’ve had one that has been of this nature since I’ve been here.”
Although the shooting is not believed to be a random attack, residents in the normally quiet area are being encouraged to keep their own safety and the safety of their neighbors in mind.
“To make sure that we’re using our best practices, keeping your lights on, calling in suspicious vehicles if you see them, call in suspicious activity if you see them,” Casey said. “And we respond to each one of those individually.”
“You don’t wake up and see twelve cop cars,” Robertson said. “I never have here.”
“I’m just sorry that it had to happen to a young man that’s only 17-years old,” he said.
Police have not released information regarding a description on the suspect or any possible vehicles involved in the shooting. Casey said detectives are actively pursuing leads in the case. Anyone with information that could help is asked to contact McCordsville Police at (317) 335-2812.