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Family speaks out after 10-year-old killed, three others shot, at north side Indianapolis home

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 20, 2015) -- A 10-year-old, identified by family as Deshaun Lee Swanson, is dead and three others are hurt following a shooting on the city's north side.

The shooting happened Saturday around 8:30 p.m. on Graceland Avenue, just north of 38th street.  Police say two boys, ages 10 and 16, and two men, ages 46 and 47, were shot.

Police say the 10-year-old was taken to Riley Hospital in critical condition and later died. The 16-year-old boy was also taken to Riley in serious, but stable condition. Officers say both adult men were taken to area hospitals in stable condition.

Family members say the shooting happened during a memorial service they were hosting to honor their grandmother who died earlier in the week.  They say someone or some people opened fire on the family and friends who were gathered at the home on Graceland Avenue.

"This is not the first incident that happened. They shot-up other family members’ houses. I don’t know who it is, or whatever the case may be, but you are all shooting up innocent kids and innocent people for no reason," said Megan Reid, who identified herself as the victim’s cousin.

“Don’t shoot an innocent kid. The kid didn’t do nothing to you whatsoever. They don’t deserve that. The boy ain't even been able to live his life, go to college or anything like that," Reid said.

IMPD Officer Rafael Diaz says officers believe the home was targeted.

“There’s no need for this type of violence to go on in our streets especially when our kids are safely in their home enjoying time with family. Obviously it’s a very sad situation," Diaz said.

Investigators say they were at the same home on Graceland Avenue for an undercover narcotics investigation back in February of this year.  The IMPD Violent Crimes Unit raided the house looking for a wanted robber. They didn't find the suspect, but they did make two arrests after finding a gun, drugs and more than $100,000 in cash.  Metro police said they are conducting more and more undercover investigations in that neighborhood, trying to get criminals off the streets.

Officers canvased the area for information. The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency processed the crime scene for forensic evidence. At this time, no information has been released regarding the suspect(s). Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS. Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).


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