Downtown Indianapolis gunfire wounds four
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A week after more than 81,000 NRA members left town, many of them carrying their firearms legally, and there were no reported incidents of gun violence, that streak of seven days of peace downtown was shattered Saturday night as four people were wounded in the vicinity of West Maryland Street between Capitol and Illinois Avenue.
The wounded range in age from 14 to 20 years old, with the youngest victim a girl.
All suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds during the incident first reported at 11:38 p.m.
A relative of a 16-year-old male caught running from the scene said that detectives doubted the boy was the shooter, and another person is still being sought.
A handgun was recovered at the scene.
The relative told FOX59 the shooting may have started in a dispute over a girl, while the teen in custody was wanted for removing his GPS home detention tracking unit related to a stolen car arrest from early March.
The teen has a juvenile history that includes forgery and burglary while armed with a firearm.
The relative said the youth has been in receipt of intensive home counseling from a gun violence prevention counselor and a substance abuse counselor.
The boy has a Monday afternoon hearing before a juvenile magistrate in which the relative hopes he will remain in the juvenile system to receive intensive programming and therapy.
Nine of Indianapolis’ gunshot homicide victims so far this year were under the age of 20.
That’s approximately one out of every five homicide victims.
The statistic underscores the toll gun violence is taking on the city’s youth.
Timothy Taylor is an ex-offender, paroled from the Department of Correction, who said he has watched many of his childhood friends die or end up in prison.
“95% of them for sure,” he said. “95% are either passed away or either they’re still doing the same thing. There’s very select few who are moving in a positive direction, and literally I can probably count them on one hand so most of them are still doing the same thing or are no longer with us.”
Mayor Hogsett recently launched a summer jobs program to find partial employment for 3000 teens once the current school year ends.
The mayor’s office is still accepting applications for grants through May 17th for community-based violence prevention programs