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IMPD: Teen shot while playing curb ball with brother dies

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 13:04:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Officers with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating after a teenager was shot and killed on the city's near east side.

The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. Monday when IMPD East District officers were dispatched to the first block of North Randolph Street on a report of a person shot.

When they arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy who sustained injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition, but later died from his injuries. The 17-year-old boy was later identified as Ross Mitchell.

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On Tuesday morning, IMPD said the boy was playing curb ball with his younger brother when he was shot. They are asking for help identifying the suspect, described as a young black male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

IMPD Homicide Detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation. The Marion County Coroner's Office will be assisting and will determine an exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Det. Mark Howard at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or e-mail him at