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Father of 13-year-old fatally shot: ‘My son shouldn’t have been there at all’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (JAN. 19, 2015)--Ashton Harting, 13, was supposed to be in bed--instead he was shot and killed early Monday morning.

Harting supposedly asked his mother if he could go to the gas station near 38th Street and Post Road. She said 'no', saying it was too late and she assumed the gas station would be closed, according to Adrien Small, Harting's father.

The 13-year-old left the house against his mother's orders.

"My son shouldn't have been there at all in the first place," said Small.

Police responded to a call of 'shots fired' on the 3600 block of DeCamp Drive around 2 a.m. IMPD officers tried reviving Harting, but it was too late.

"That's a wake-up call, you need to stop doing what you are doing now and start to change your life. That's too young to be out here and get shot for nothing," said Saturn Coe, a friend who attended a vigil in Harting's honor.

Small says at least one of the friends with his son Monday morning is gang-affiliated.

Investigators have indicated that the shooting may have been gang related.

Harting has been arrested in the past, and his older sister, Hunter Horne, admits he got caught up in the 'wrong crowd.' However, she stresses that her little brother is not in a gang.

"Yes, he has had his struggles, but he is not with any kind of gang," said Horne.

Jalen Vaughn remembers the good times with his cousin.

"We used to play in the park, go on walks, work out together and eat together," said Vaughn.

Vaughn says he would talk with Harting about trying to make a better life for themselves--far away from the streets.

"You can't let where you come from define you. You have to step above what people expect you to be," said Vaughn.

Police say there were several witnesses, including Harting's brother. No arrests have been made.

"I hope they are found and punished for life," said Horne.

The family has started a fund to help cover some of the funeral expenses.