Shooting at birthday party injures 3 teens

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Three teens were taken to the hospital Saturday night after police say they were shot outside a birthday party on the northwest side. It happened shortly after 10 p.m. the Royal Palace  Event Center,  near 38th Street and Lafayette Road.

Officers at the scene confirmed that a 16-year-old male suffered a graze wound in the lower back area, a 14-year-old male was shot in the leg, and a 13-year-old female was shot in the hamstring, and went into surgery after the incident.

All three juveniles were taken to IU Methodist Hospital.

Police say the victims were all at that birthday party when a car drove into the parking lot and started shooting at the group.

IMPD officers at the scene said that incidents involving juveniles are always a challenge, as officers always want parents to be involved when talking to them.

Captain Elder said that shooting incidents involving juveniles seem to be happening more and more.

“I think it’s this generation today,” Elder said. “When I grew up we settled differences with fists and things like that. I think this younger generation is quick to grab guns.”

We’re told parents were texting their children only to tell police their name and nothing else. Police say they do not have a suspect description. On Monday, they released information on the suspect vehicle. Officers are looking for a dark blue, four-door Chevrolet Cobalt with a spoiler kit and shiny aluminum wheels.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident or vehicle is asked to call the Aggravated Assault Office at 317-327-4194 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).

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