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Juvenile injured in shooting at Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 12:21:49-04

KOKOMO — A juvenile was injured in a shooting Tuesday evening at the Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center, according to police.

The shooting happened around 5:15 p.m.

The condition of the juvenile who was shot wasn't released by police, but in a Facebook post, the department said the juvenile was flown to a hospital in Indianapolis.

On Wednesday, Kokomo Police Department Capt. Scott Purtee said in a news release that a juvenile male was detained and taken to Kinsey Youth Center on charges of dangerous possession of a firearm, a Level 5 felony and possession of a stolen firearm, a Level 6 felony.

Police interviewed witnesses and learned a fight involving at least five juvenile males took place prior to the shooting, Purtee said. Investigators are looking to identify the people involved in the altercation.

Kokomo Mayor Tyler Moore said in a statement posted to the city's Facebook page that people should not be alarmed if they see Kokomo police patrolling Foster Park, Kokomo Beach and other parks and trails.

"While this isolated incident is currently under investigation, please rest assured that the Kokomo Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice, including those taken into custody this evening. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and family as they heal," Moore said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Capt. Mike Banush at 765-456-7278, the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 1-800-262-8477.