Two people were injured in a drive-by shooting on Indianapolis’ near northwest side, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Police were called to the 2600 block of North Harding Street Sunday around 5 p.m. for a report of a person shot. IMPD said when officers arrived on scene they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.
According to IMPD, one of those victims, a child, was sitting in the back of a vehicle on the street when he was struck, suffering what is described as a graze wound. The second victim, a man in his 40s, was said to be riding a bicycle when he was injured by gunfire.
Police said the man was located in the street by officers who responded to the scene. IMPD said an officer used a tourniquet to help try and stop the bleeding. This is one of several instances in recent months where officers used supplies from trauma kits to render aid to a person injured.
“When they see a wound, they can go ahead and take care of it to keep a person from bleeding out because a lot of cases, you know, people may bleed out if we didn’t have the tourniquets,” said Kimberly Young, Northwest District late shift captain.
Both victims, who police preliminarily believe to be innocent bystanders, were taken to area hospitals, and at last update, were described as “stable.”
IMPD said preliminary information gathered at the scene leads investigators to believe a vehicle was driving by when shots were fired from it. Police said several shell casings were located on N. Harding and Roache streets.
Police have not released a description of the vehicle or a description of a suspect. They said investigators were working Sunday evening to speak with witnesses and people nearby at the time of the shooting to gather more information.
This is the second shooting in just eight days where a child was injured by gunfire.
“Somebody knows something. Somebody always know something and usually when children are involved, people give us that information,” said Young. “It hurts us that we do have another child in an incident like that because we have children, we have family members as well.”
Reverend James Black, a clergy member and community activist in Indianapolis, arrived on scene Sunday night to offer support.
“It’s a problem that we’re having here in this city. We shouldn’t have a child being in the middle of all these situations that’s going on,” said Black. “Everybody seems to not be thinking about what they’re doing with these guns. A gun don’t shoot people. People shoot people.”
“The way it’s going on now, we are hurting very, very bad. We need our people to come together.”
Through his work in the community, Black said he has witnessed firsthand the pain experienced by families who have had loved ones injured or killed in an act of violence in Indianapolis.
He said he also knows that pain firsthand. Black has arrived to offer support on a scene, where he found out his own family member was the victim.
“It has a very big impact. It has an impact on my family as well because I lost a family member last Saturday,” Black shared. “It’s very disturbing. Very disturbing.”
Last week, Black took part in a peace march with clergy members, community members and elected leaders. He said the community needs to find solutions and come together.
“We need neighborhoods to come together. Don’t sit in your house and look outside and see crime and not say anything. If you see something, say something. These words have been spoken a lot,” Black said.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
IMPD confirmed a camera in the area where the two people were shot Sunday is operational and detectives will attempt to access any cameras, including that one, as part of their investigation.
Police are asking people in the area who may have captured any part of the incident, including persons or vehicles in the area before or after the incident, to contact Detective Ramos at 317-327-3475.
You can also submit tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana by calling 317-262-8477.