12-year-old boy stable after shooting on east side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Police say a 12-year-old boy was shot Thursday is now in stable condition and "doing well" after undergoing surgery at Riley Hospital for Children.

Police were called to the scene in the 4800 block of East New York Street, between Wallace Ave. and Dequincy St., around 2:45 p.m. on a report of a person shot.

"I just heard gunshots. I didn't even think there were gunshots at first," neighbor Joe Hudson said. "You hear it all the time out here."

Police confirmed the victim was found in critical condition and was transported to Riley Hospital for Children.

Officers blocked off the road and spent hours canvassing the scene and interviewing juvenile witnesses.

"It appears right now that it may be it occurred in the alley just north of here," IMPD Officer Michael Hewitt said.

"It's not good at all, in fact, it's a constant reminder of why we need to continue to push forward," James Wilson, a community resource coordinator with the City of Indianapolis said.

He works to help prevent youth violence. Earlier this year, his 13-year old cousin, Harry Taliefer, was shot and killed.

"Trying to figure out why, why is this happening," Wilson said. "It's heart wrenching and my respect and my love go out to the family by all means."

No suspect information was immediately available, but the news of a 12-year old shot quickly impacted the community.

"Man, this world, it's getting terrible," Hudson said.

If you have any information call police or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

This story is developing.

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