Girl, 12, hit by stray bullet in apartment on city’s west side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 11, 2014) – A 12-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet while in her apartment on the city’s west side Friday morning.

The incident occurred around 12:15 a.m. in the 3300 block of Ashley Lane near 34th Street and Moller Road. The bullet came through the townhome’s window and hit the girl in the arm. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in good condition.

Several shell casings were recovered at the scene, and it appears that at least one person was firing off rounds outside the home. There are no suspect descriptions available at this time.

Chris Watson, the victim’s uncle, tells Fox 59 the family of four was sleeping at the time. His 12-year-old niece is expected to be okay.

“Why did you come over here? Why did you pick my sister’s house,” said Watson. “I saw bullet holes in the windows, curtains messed up, bullet holes in the wall, and pictures knocked off the wall.”

Rodney Smith’s family lives next door. They were watching TV on the couch when the gunfire erupted. They immediately got to the ground.

“We heard the shots and windows crashing and that was it,” said Smith. “It needs to stop. Now, it hits home. I wish they could figure out something. There’s nothing we can do because [the violence is] everywhere.”

Neighbors are fed up with it. Lee Rutlidge said someone fired shots through his window several months ago.

“I was laying there and the bullet went over my head,” he said. “If I was sitting up, it would have hit me.”

According to IMPD preliminary incident reports, overall violent and property crimes have gone down in the northwest district. Police have only seen a nearly 20-percent increase in robberies.

Detectives urge anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).


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