INDIANAPOLIS — An Arsenal Tech High School student was shot and killed on the east side of Indianapolis in what turned out to be a violent Thursday morning.
The shooting was reported in the area of Breen Drive and N. Brentwood Ave, near 38th and Post Road just before 7 a.m.
According to police, a male teenager was found shot at the scene. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died there.
Family identified the victim as 15-year-old Derrick Marshi Houston Jr.
Indianapolis Public Schools confirmed Houston was an Arsenal Tech student. According to IPS, he was killed before arriving to his bus stop.
IMPD said it was the school bus driver who called 911 when she saw the victim lying in a grassy area while on her route. Police said 22 children were on board the bus at the time. Neither the children nor the driver witnessed the shooting, according to IMPD.
Two juveniles who were on the bus were detained for unrelated “circumstances” and released to their parents at the scene. A second IPS bus was brought in to take the other students to school.
Statement from IPS:
We are aware that an Arsenal Technical High School student was shot before arriving at an IPS bus stop this morning and has unfortunately passed away.
Crisis counseling services are being made available today for students and staff at the school.
Our thoughts are with the student’s family, our staff and students.
This is the third fatal shooting in Indianapolis since 8:30 p.m. and the sixth shooting overall. One person was killed on the near northeast side at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, and another person was killed on the near northwest side around 5:35 a.m. Thursday.
On May 1, IMPD put out a release asking for the public’s help gathering any information regarding Houston Jr.’s death. Anyone with information should call Detective Ryan Clark at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Ryan.Clary@indy.gov. The public can also submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477