Two teens shot on Indianapolis’ near east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- IMPD responded to reports of a person shot early Sunday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m., officers arrived near the 300 block of North Jefferson Ave. to a duplex with a window shot out.

Two teenage male victims, 16 and 17 years old, had been shot and were taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment. One of the teenagers had been shot in the left leg and likely broke his femur, the other was shot in the buttocks.

Officers say the teens were both alert and breathing when they arrived, and their injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. A police report released several hours after the shooting indicates there were four witnesses, including three 18-year-old men and one 37-year-old woman.

Responding officers tell FOX59 they are also searching for a man who sped off from the scene when police arrived early Sunday morning. The car traveled only a few blocks when the male driver bailed out of the car and ran off.

"There was a female left inside," IMPD Captain Michael Elder said. "We're looking for the male driver. We don't think he's a hazard to anybody else in the community...we just want to see why they left the scene in such a big hurry."

Cpt. Elder said they didn't know if the car was involved in any way with the shooting, or if the driver and passenger were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

For a short period of time, K-9 units and other officers searched a four block area between Beville Ave., New York St. and Hamilton Ave., which is south of the shooting scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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