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7 preteens, teens shot in downtown Indy shootout near Circle Centre Mall

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Downtown shooting
Posted at 12:08 AM, Mar 31, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-01 15:31:55-04

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD is investigating after multiple teenagers were shot in downtown Indy Saturday night.

According to police, officers were on patrol when they heard several shots being fired in the 1st block of W. Maryland St around 11 p.m.

When officers arrived, they located a large group of juveniles.

In total, officers located seven people with gunshot wounds ranging from ages 12-16, including a victim that walked-in at Community South Hospital.

According to police, the victims’ ages and genders are as follows:

· Two 16-year-old males

· One 16-year-old female

· Three 14-year-old females

· One 12-year-old male

All victims are stable, police said.

According to police, the shooting occurred mainly on the northeast corner of Illinois and Maryland streets — outside of any businesses.

Multiple firearms were used.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Albert Teaters at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail him at Albert.Teaters@indy.gov.

Mayor Joe Hogsett made the following statement on the shooting:

“This Easter Sunday, I am heartbroken for the young people whose lives have been impacted by what occurred last night.

Let me be clear: a 12-year-old child has no business being out late at night anywhere without parental or adult supervision. As important, there is no reason why a young person at any age should be in possession of a gun.

But no level of law enforcement or community programming can keep guns out of the hands of every young person in our city. Solutions will require all of us to address the ease with which our youth access and turn to firearms to solve their conflicts.

The City of Indianapolis is continuing to build on our $150 million violence reduction strategy, including hiring a Chief Violence Prevention Officer who will focus exclusively on youth and working to prosecute those who provide firearms to minors.”
Mayor Joe Hogsett