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10-year-old boy wounded by gunshot while sleeping in his own bed

Posted at 6:41 AM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-14 14:20:02-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A 10-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was shot while sleeping in his bed late Monday on the city's northeast side, police said.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the shooting just before midnight at the Amber Woods Apartments in the 3500 block of North Mitthoeffer Road.

Investigators said the bullet was fired from outside the apartment.

Medics transported the boy to an area hospital where he is in stable condition, according to IMPD. A 9-year-old girl who did not suffer a gunshot wound was also hospitalized with minor injuries.

Police are working to learn if the family’s apartment was targeted.

IMPD has not released information about a possible suspect. No arrests have been made.

Monday night's shooting remains under investigation.

A look at the numbers of children shot in 2021

  • WRTV's homicide database indicates 10 children under the age of 18 have been killed in shootings this year in Indianapolis. Among them were 12-year-old Day'Shawn Bills, who died days after someone fired gunshots into his grandparents' house while he played video games.
  • A total of 15 people who were 18 years old have been shot to death in 2021.
  • According to IMPD, as of Dec. 10, 75 children under the age of 18 had been shot and wounded in 2021.