Police pull teen from burning vehicle after he was shot

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Monday, Beech Grove police said the 16-year-old victim later died from his injuries and one of two suspects had been arrested.


BEECH GROVE, Ind. — Surveillance video obtained by CBS4 News shows the moment two people tracked and opened fire on a carload of teenagers in Beech Grove early Sunday morning, leaving a boy critically wounded and fighting for his life.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of Grovewood Drive.

The video shot from a neighbor’s surveillance camera shows a 2000 Mitsubishi with four people inside pull into a driveway.

Immediately, a trailing vehicle stops about three car lengths back on the pavement, and two people emerge with at least one of them firing a gun.

Puffs of smoke from the weapon can be spotted in the glare of headlights as the Mitsubishi then rolled into a deep ditch, as one person bailed from the driver’s side door of the vehicle and ran off.

The two attackers then returned to their car and drove in reverse back up Grovewood Drive.

“We seen everything happen,” said Lennin Campos, a neighbor who recognized several of the names in the police report as current or former Beech Grove High School students. “I seen like the car pulling up into a house and then trying to reverse, but they didn’t reverse in time I guess, and the car that was behind them two guys got out and started shooting at the car, and police said they found at least 12 caps and bullets and everything, and after that we didn’t know where the car went because they reversed.”

Police were able to rescue two males, ages 16 and 18, from the car in the ditch. They were apparently unhurt.

“The guys that were in there, the one guy was just like, ‘We heard gunshots,’ and the cops they were talking to them trying to figure out what was going on,” said Salvatore Morales. “I was all ready to head out, and if I had headed out, I usually go this way, so I would’ve been shot too, but I did hear gunshots. It was like ten of them just going crazy.”

A Beech Grove police officer tried unsuccessfully to douse flames emerging from beneath the car’s hood with a fire extinguisher.

Witnesses said the Mitsubishi was destroyed by fire, as the car’s grill assembly remained charred and ruined by the side of the street.

Police pulled the 16-year-old boy who was wounded and unresponsive from the front seat of the car.

Investigators recovered a gun from the scene.

The boy’s name and condition have not yet been released.

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