Teen dead, another injured in shooting on northeast side of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are investigating after two teens were shot, one of which was killed, on the city’s northeast side.

IMPD received a call about a disturbance with shots fired at the Villages at Mill Crossing Apartments near 39th Street and Sherman Drive, just before 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

“Upon officers arrival, they spoke to witnesses who gave a description of a vehicle that had fled the scene,” said IMPD Officer Genae Cook.

Police found that car a few miles away in the 4400 block of Campbell Avenue a short time later.  They also located a male victim who was transported to a local hospital in serious, but stable condition. He was listed as 18 years old in the police report.

Police investigating at the apartment complex also found a second shooting victim a short distance away in the 3500 block of 39th Street.  The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The police report listed him as 16 years old.

Detectives also found a handgun in a grassy area near the apartment complex.

Grieving family members comforted each other as detectives gathered evidence and information at the scene.

“For a family, this is a tragedy,” Cook said.  “Not just because it is the day before Thanksgiving but we’re going into the holiday season when everyone is very close with their loved ones.”

The cause of the disturbance in the apartments wasn’t clear Wednesday afternoon.  Police also couldn’t say if the two men may have shot each other, or if somebody else was involved in the shooting.  Detectives had one young man detained in a squad car before taking him downtown for questioning, but his involvement was not known.

The deadly shooting comes just over a month after a 28-year old man was found shot to death in a car at the Villages at Mill Crossing Apartments.

Reverand James Black, with Indy’s Ten Point Coalition, said he’s concerned about the violence leading to more bloodshed going into the holiday season.

“Praying and hoping that there will be no retaliation from this, or it doesn’t turn into a gun battle or gunfight,” Reverand Black said.

Investigators are urging anyone with information about the shootings to call the IMPD Homicide Division at 317-327-3745, or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.