ANDERSON — Anderson Police are investigating after six people were wounded in a shooting in Anderson early Sunday morning.
Police say they were monitoring a large crowd at 16th Street and Madison Avenue when an altercation broke out at around 2:24 a.m. Several gunshots were then heard firing.
Police say they quickly responded and pushed into the crowd where they found a victim that was shot in the leg.
The victim was treated on the scene and transported to an Indianapolis hospital where they were eventually released. All other victims were released the night of the shooting.
During the investigation, police say five more victims checked themselves into the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. According to police, the victims suffered minor injuries and have been released from the hospital.
The victims were between 14-years-old and 21-years-old.
Detectives say they have been collecting evidence and spoke with multiple witnesses, but no arrests have been made.
"Five of the victims wet to local hospitals on their own. One was injured so badly that police administered treatment until medical authorities got here. She was life-lined," Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said. "And nobody seems to have seen anything or know what happened."
Shootings are so common in this area that the city has installed pole cameras to help curb the violence, but that did not stop the gunshots from ringing out.
"Gunshots like a war. I looked out and that's when I saw all of the police and an ambulance. When I peeked out of the window when I heard the gunshots, I just saw people running," Bobbie Taylor said.
Taylor is the owner of the local bar, Sonny Ray's. She's owned the bar for over 20-years.
Taylor says violence like this has become more and more common over the last few years. She says ever since Indiana passed a law that allows people to carry a firearm without a license, the violence has gotten worse.
"Everybody's got guns out here," Taylor said. "A lot of us are scared because you'll see 15-year-olds walking down the street with extended clips hanging out."
Taylor and Prosecutor Cummings are hoping someone will come forward and work with police to find out who is responsible for this act of violence.
"Tell somebody. Report it. Nobody should be able to get away with these kinds of crimes. We need your help," Cummings said.
The incident remains under investigation with multiple persons of interest involved.
Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Brett Webb at 765-648-6731 or report an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.