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WESTFIELD, Ind. – A 14-year-old boy was shot at an apartment complex in Westfield on Thursday. On Friday, police announced the arrest of a 13-year-old suspect.

The city's police department says it happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. at the Casey Acres Apartments in the 1200 block of Scarlet St. That's near the intersection of 176th Street and Ditch Road.

The victim was found lying on the ground before being transported to an Indianapolis hospital, according to police at the scene.

On Friday, police announced a 13-year-old boy had been arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and possession of a handgun without a license.

The victim is in stable condition, police said. A neighbor said the boy who was shot goes to school with him at Westfield Middle School.

“I know him, [and] we talk, [but] we aren’t friends,” Roman Morales said of his classmate, "My mom was just inside, and my little niece said there was gunshots. I mean, there was a lot of police here, and I just came outside and saw what happened.”

“He plays out here, I've seen him a few times," neighbor Brandi Ruiz said, “I've not noticed anything like this. There's a lot of teenagers arguing. They run, they play, they do things.”

Investigators say the shooting was not random and the suspect and victim know each other.

The suspect is currently being held at the Hamilton County Juvenile Center. Minors arrested are not identified unless they are waived to adult court.

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