INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis woman is hospitalized after likely getting hit during celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve.
Police say the victim was hit by a stray bullet while standing inside her own apartment on Indy’s west side in the 5700 block of Port Irving Drive.
The shooting took place just seconds after midnight while a family of five rang in 2019.
“When the ball dropped is when all hell broke loose,” said Rachel Yuille.
Rachel says her 2 kids were inside the apartment when the stray bullet came through the kitchen window and hit her fiancée in the stomach.
“I turned my head and I saw her fall flat on my back with a thump,” said Yuille.
27-year-old Tiara Spencer had surgery and is expected to survive the mystery shooters reckless disregard for safety.
“It’s all fun and games until someone gets severely hurt,” said Yuille.
Across town on Indy’s east side, a glass door was also shattered by gunfire after midnight.
“Stupidity like that costs me money and a sleepless night,” said homeowner Freddie Love.
Just a few miles from Freddie home, a 60-year-old woman reported a stray bullet came through her roof and in another case an 81-year-old reported his ceiling hit by gunfire.
“There are people out there that don’t know how to safely have firearms. They’re for protection, not for playing ballyhoo games,” said Love.
“Last year there were over 150 reports of gun shots New Year’s Eve and I’m sure there were many more not called in,” said IMPD Sgt. Jim Gillespie.
Because of that history, this year IMPD tweeted 5 times New Year’s Eve, reminding people not to shoot their weapons in the air. That advise unfortunately fell on deaf ears to some.
“It’s a lot of carelessness when it comes to weapons nowadays,” said Yuille. “It baffles me and it saddens me. I’m always supposed to be safe in my home.”
“That’s criminal recklessness which is a level 6 felony and you could be facing some jail time or high fines if you’re caught and prosecuted,” said Gillespie.
In addition to being a felony, criminal recklessness carries a possible fine of 10 thousand dollars and up to two and a half years in jail, although no arrests were made in the overnight shooting that injured Spencer.
Police are still trying to figure out where the bullet that hit Spencer came from.