INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A violent night in Indianapolis left eight people injured by gunfire in a series of shootings.
One of those victims died.
The first of the four shootings took place at an apartment complex on the northwest side. An 18-year-old girl got shot in the arm after her car was riddled with gunfire.
“We're not sure how many bullets hit the car, but we have counted eight different holes,” said the victim’s godmother, Ronetta Hamilton.
Ronetta says the victim had been swimming with friends at the northwest side apartment complex when they heard gunshots and ducked for cover in the parking lot.
“She heard seven or eight gunshots. When it was over, she didn't realize she was shot. She looked down and saw a handful of blood,” said Hamilton.
The victim and her friends sped away with a flat tire to get help. Ronetta says the victim just graduated high school and is going to college next month and doesn`t know why the shooting took place.
“She has never been in a fight. She played volleyball and ran track. She is clearly just a victim of today's society,” said Hamilton.
Just after midnight, the violence got even worse with a series of shootings on the east side.
First on Lasalle and Robson streets, where two people were shot. An 18-year-old man died.
Three people were then injured in a shooting on east Washington. On East 12th street another person got shot in the eye but survived. An eighth victim later walked into a local hospital.
Police say the east side shootings may be related and many of the witnesses were not cooperative.
“It's very difficult to get proper information, to assess a proper stories to find out who's guilty and who`s not guilty when you`re not getting information,” said IMPD commander Michael Jefferson. “You know they're so afraid of what they’ve been doing and they don’t want to get caught so they become uncooperative with the police.”
The northwest side shooting doesn't appear to be connected to the others.
That family just wishes society could figure out solutions to end the violence.
“We can say, ‘Black Lives Matter' or 'White Lives Matter,’ but if we don't do something collectively, nothing is going to change and no lives are going to matter,” said Hamilton.
According to police reports, the 18-year-old killed on the east side had a history of violence including pointing a gun at another teen in April. He was also the victim of a stabbing in April.
No arrests have been made in any of the overnight shootings. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.