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12-year-old boy critically injured after shots fired into home on Indy's northeast side

Child was playing video games with family before shooting
Posted at 5:26 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 20:53:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A 12-year-old boy was critically injured early Thursday after someone fired gunshots into his grandparents' home on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

The shooting happened just after 3:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of North Leland Avenue, near East 34th Street and Emerson Avenue, police said.

Day'Shawn Bills was playing video games with family members inside the home when someone fired shots at the house from outside, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said. Medics transported Day'Shawn to Riley Children's Hospital in critical condition.

Family members told WRTV's Alyssa Donovan that he is currently on life support and doctors are running tests.

"It is an absolutely shattering experience and I cannot imagine what his family is going through," Mayor Joe Hogsett said at a press conference.

Day'Shawn Bills, 12, was shot while he was inside a home on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Taylor described the incident as a drive-by shooting with a number of shots fired, but it is not clear if the house was the one the shooters meant to target.

"These are the things that keep me awake at night," Taylor said.

No arrests have been made and officials encouraged anyone with information to come forward. Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

"So that's why we are encouraging people to come forward with that information so that we can know and gather the facts about what actually occurred before that 12-year-old was shot," Taylor said.

City-County Councilor Keith Graves was one of several people who spoke at Thursday's press conference who pleaded for people to put an end to the violence.

"If you or anyone you know is involved in something that could lead to something like this, please, talk it out," he said. "If you know someone involved in something like this, encourage them to talk it out. Let's put an end to another press conference."

WRTV reporter Alyssa Donovan and photographer Eldon Wheeler contributed to this report.