INDIANAPOLIS – IMPD detectives have arrested a 14-year-old in connection to a shooting and attempted carjacking, and police say the suspect in the Ben Davis football game shooting was the one who gave him the gun.
Officers were dispatched to Maureen Terrace Court for a report of a person shot after 9:30 p.m. on September 3. A 16-year-old male was found with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital.
During the investigation, IMPD detectives learned that this incident began as an attempted carjacking that occurred in the 7900 block of W. 10th Street. Investigators say the 14-year-old shot the 16-year-old during the incident.
Officers say they were able to identify the teen suspect and later spotted him at the Ben Davis High School football game on Oct. 1 where shots were fired by 18-year-old David Tillman. The 14-year-old was seen running from the area after the shots were fired.
He was stopped and arrested by police, who questioned him in connection to the September 3 shooting.
IMPD’s investigation also uncovered Tillman is allegedly responsible for giving the 14-year-old a handgun the night of the September 3 shooting. Police say the exchange was made at a gas station.
“The big message is prevention. We want to intervene before these types of incidents occur,” said IMPD Major Matthew Thomas.
Police admit they need help from adults to try and prevent teens from providing guns to other teens, which can often lead to violence.
“If you have children yourself that are having issues with conflict resolution or involved in gun violence, just know that we’re here to help,” said Thomas.
Because the 16-year-old shot at the Shell station survived, legal experts insist the case against the 14-year-old is unlikely to ever be waived to adult court.
“Certainly in Marion County it should be expected to stay in juvenile jurisdiction and not go to adult court,” said attorney John Tompkins.
Attorney Tompkins isn’t connected to the case but said the 14-year-old arrested for aggravated battery and criminal recklessness will have access to extensive resources in juvenile court, where the goal is to rehabilitate, not simply punish underage offenders.
“The vast majority of people convicted of crimes, adult or juvenile, are going to return to our city, and they want them rehabilitated when they get here, but particularly juveniles,” said Tompkins.
Tillman is facing additional felony charges for his role in the September 3 shooting, as well as the shooting at the Ben Davis High School game.