Above: Bre’Asjah Wilson (photo provided by family)
INDIANAPOLIS – A 4-year-old girl who suffered a gunshot wound Monday night may have been hit by a stray bullet, police say.
Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department now believe the bullet that hit a 4-year-old Bre’Asjah Wilson at the North Keystone Apartments came from a different neighborhood.
Officer Chris Wilburn said investigators are now looking over records for reports of shots fired in the area around 8 p.m. Monday.
“We have to be their advocate in law enforcement,” Wilburn said, speaking of the child. “We have to take on that role and responsibility to find out what happened.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, Bre’Asjah still had a bullet lodged in her upper leg, according to her mother. Communicating with Fox59 by text message, Bre’Asjah’s mom said her daughter was doing well, but doctors still had her under watch at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. She said the doctors were still deciding whether to remove the bullet, or leave it in the girl’s leg if it’s not going to do any more damage.
The mother asked Fox 59 viewers to pray for Bre’Asjah’s recovery. The little girl is less than a month from her fifth birthday. She also says she hoped to move herself and Bre’Asjah out of the North Keystone Apartments as soon as possible.
At first, Bre’Asjah’s mom and other witnesses thought the girl had cut herself on the broken bumper of a car she had been playing next to. When the mother took her daughter to Community Hospital East, the emergency room staff quickly realized it was a bullet wound in the girl’s upper leg.
Neighbors told Fox59 that nobody heard a gunshot, so they also assumed Bre’Asjah had cut herself while playing.
IMPD says they will continue investigating the shooting. They hope to find whoever is responsible for Bre’Asjah’s injury and bring them to justice.
“This young child has a great future, and a bright future,” Wilburn said. “And we want to make sure that she can live in peace in our community.”