2-year-old boy shot by stray bullet while asleep in bed

Indianapolis Area Crime

INDIANAPOLIS — A 2-year-old boy is hospitalized after being hit by a stray bullet fired into his family’s home.

IMPD said shots were fired at the near west side home in the 700 block of North Elder Avenue where a 2-year-old was shot just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday evening. When officers arrived, they found a 2-year-old boy with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. The child was transported to Riley Hospital.

Police are still trying to figure out why someone targeted the home on Elder avenue, but regardless of motive, the shooting illustrates once again that innocent children are far too often the victims of gun violence.

Sleeping in bed Thursday night, the 2-year-old boy was shot in the leg by a bullet fired from outside the family’s home.

IMPD officers were nearby and even heard the shots. When police responded they were frustrated by what they found.

“The people living in there were innocent people who were sleeping in a bed whenever someone targeted this home, which is absolutely outrageous,” said IMPD Captain Mike Leepper.

Police say two adults and three kids were inside the home at the time of the shooting, although only the 2-year-old was hurt.

Investigators still aren’t sure if the shooting was random or if the home was specifically targeted.

Either way, so far this year there have now been at least 62 non-fatal shooting victims under the age of 18 in Indianapolis, along with 9 juvenile homicide victims.

That includes 12-year-old Dayshawn Bills who was killed playing video games inside his grandmother’s home on Leland avenue in May, when he too was hit by a bullet fired from outside that home.

“The Indianapolis community is tired of seeing this stuff. This isn’t the first time that we’ve had an incident where we’ve had a child shot. It’s uncalled for and it’s unacceptable,” said Leepper.

In the daylight, Friday police returned to Elder to search the street, yard and nearby field for evidence to figure out who pulled the trigger.

Police did not have any detailed suspect information to release, but anyone with information is asked to speak up and contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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