INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 19, 2015) -- It has become an all too frequent occurence downtown. Groups of unsupervised teens starting fights and firing guns. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) says teens started fighting along the canal Saturday night near West New York Street and West Street. Police said it resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old for disorderly conduct. A 21-year-old man got banged up as folks ran for cover after the gunshots were fired.
Neighbors like Jenny Menendez lives across the street from the canal.
"Just try to be aware of my surroundings, it's a personal thing, so don't put myself in danger and go with my gut," she said.
Reverend Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition says it's a problem that's been around for 17 years.
"The difference now, than say 17 years ago, is that you have more kids now with guns," Rev. Harrison said.
Harrison added stopping these fights can't be the sole job of police.
"We gotta have a greater community effort, we gotta get the business community involved in looking at ways we can address this," he said.
The 21-year-old man who was injured during the incident says he has some neck and back pain as well as some bruising. His family says they are relieved it wasn't worse.