3-year-old boy injured when shots are fired at family’s car on near northeast side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A 3-year-old Indianapolis boy was injured after shots were fired on the city’s near northeast side.

It happened late Tuesday night in the area of 20th and Hillside.

Driving down the street, a mother with her two kids in the back seat reported hearing gunfire. Several neighbors heard the same thing.

“Before I stepped down the steps I heard gunshots.  6 or 7 times.  I knew that’s not fireworks, that’s gunshots,” said one neighbor.

That woman lives just off Hillside and asked not to be identified.

The victim’s mother told police she had just left a nearby apartment complex when she heard the shots. Her car got a flat tire, so she got out and ran down the street with both her sons looking for help that not everyone was willing to give.

“I seen the young lady in the middle of the street holding her baby and pulling her oldest one with her.  I seen 3 vehicles pass and I thought why are they not helping her?” said one neighbor who stepped up to help. “I did a u-turn and asked her if she needed help.  She said, ‘Yes my baby has been shot. My baby has been shot.’”

Driving the victim to the hospital, the Good Samaritan claims the victim’s mother told her she had simply been driving down the street when her son began crying and bleeding in the back seat.

“She said she was just driving by and just an innocent bystander and got shot at,” said the Good Samaritan.

Doctors at Methodist Hospital told police the victim had clear wounds to his arm and back, but they did not appear to be gunshot wounds. Police don’t know for sure exactly how the victim got hurt.

The Good Samaritan believes the incident could have happened to anyone and wants whoever’s responsible arrested.

“I was thinking that could have been me because I was getting ready to head that way,” said the Good Samaritan.  “This is just bad.  To me it’s not safe anywhere. It’s just scary, very scary.”

After being examined at Methodist, the victim was moved to Riley's Children’s Hospital for further treatment. The injuries are not life threatening.

Police say the exact nature of the crime is still being investigated.

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