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Gunfire injures 6 people in downtown Indianapolis; police looking for person of interest

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Posted at 1:07 AM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 18:44:57-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Six people are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting on West Maryland Street in downtown Indianapolis late Saturday night.

Investigators with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the gunfire broke out sometime after 11 p.m. in the 100 block of West Maryland Street between Illinois Street and Capitol Avenue, just blocks away from Monument Circle. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a disturbance between two groups of juveniles. Police do not believe it was a randomly targeted shooting.

Police believe a juvenile began shooting north of the scene, injured six people, then left the area, according to a press release from IMPD.

Investigators are asking for information on the person of interest, who was last seen wearing a dark color sweatshirt with light strips on the sleeve and dark jeans, according to the release.

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IMPD said all six victims, three of which were juveniles, were awake and breathing when officers arrived and investigators said their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. They've been taken to area hospitals to be treated.

Two of the victims were transported to the hospital in critical condition but were said to be stable. Two others were in serious condition, but were also stable, and two people suffered minor injuries, according to IMPD.


IMPD Chief Bryan Roach released the following statement regarding the incident:

The disregard for human life and inability to emotionally handle conflict last night is past feeling. Constant monitoring and community involvement of our youth downtown was successful all summer. Individual decisions last night are reflective of few of our youth. Let's celebrate our youth and address those unable to process the importance of their own young lives. Let's all do our part.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.