Police investigating after 6-year-old critically injured in shooting on Indy’s northwest side

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INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating a shooting on Indy’s northwest side that left a girl in critical condition Thursday.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened in the 4800 block of Oakwood Trail around 9:40 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a 6-year-old girl suffering from gunshot wounds.

Medics transported the girl to Riley where doctors have stabilized her. While police do not know if the apartment was targeted, they are confident that the girl was an unintended victim.

“We don’t know what happened but regardless we had another human being firing aimlessly into an apartment,” Major Harold Turner with the IMPD said. “You’re in an apartment complex you know there are children everywhere, you’re firing rounds regardless of whether you’re intending to shooting into that apartment or not, and having rounds going into more than one apartment.”

Major Turner said it makes no sense for someone to fire multiple times into an apartment building.

“To think that those rounds are just gonna stop when they hit a wall or something? That’s not what they do, they go through, they penetrate, and they go through a couple of apartments. And to think that you’re not going to possibly hit a child or a grandparent or anyone that’s not your intended target is just inhuman, it’s not human,” Major Turner said.

Doctors say the girl was still in critical condition as of Thursday night. Major Turner thinks that is based on the victim being as young as she is.

“Children and the elderly of course they’re just more, a little bit more vulnerable. They can, they’re miraculous in their recovery but they can also take a turn for the worse at a moment’s notice,” Major Turner said.

Aggravated assault detectives and a mobile crime lab were on the scene investigating Thursday night. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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