INDIANAPOLIS– Police are investigating after a child was shot Wednesday on the city’s near east side.
Officers responded to the intersection of Brookside Parkway S. Dr. and N. Dearborn St., just south of Brookside Park, around 12:30 p.m.
Police said the victim, a 4-year-old girl, was alert, conscious and in good condition.
“The Pontiac Aztec, which was the vehicle in which the little girl was in was traveling eastbound, was followed by a vehicle being described as a silver-over-gray Buick Rendezvous was traveling eastbound behind that,” said Ptl. Genae Cook. “At that point the Rendezvous came up beside the Aztec and at least one person from the vehicle fired shots into the Aztec.”
Investigators recovered a surveillance camera video of the attackers’ vehicle. The following photo of a suspect vehicle described as an early model Buick Rendezvous was provided:
“Right now we know that there were multiple people in that vehicle,” said Cook. “We do believe that they were wearing masks at the time.”
At least five bullet casings littered the pavement and one bullet hole was visible in the driver’s side passenger door of the Pontiac.
A neighbor told FOX59 News that family members told him that the shooting was the result of a group targeting another man who drove away before police arrived.
Investigators believe the victims knew the attackers or their motives.
IMPD Chief Randal Taylor told FOX59 News that with the city already outpacing last year’s record homicide rate by one-third on this date compared to a year ago, his officers are hard-pressed to predict who and what will trigger the next shooting or killing in Indianapolis.
“The answer to that question and that issue is gonna be more on the community side and people’s ability to get them the help that they need,” said Taylor. “You have to identify them, and you have to be willing to step up otherwise all we have to do is wait until it happens and nobody wants that.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Tips to Crime Stoppers are considered anonymous and could lead to a cash reward.