INDIANAPOLIS — A 16-year-old died after being shot early Monday morning on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police were dispatched to the 3800 block of Cooper Square Court around 1 a.m. where they found an unresponsive Katrina Strowder lying in a parking lot.

The woman suffered injuries consistent with gunshots, police said. Strowder was taken to a hospital in critical condition but died shortly after arriving.

“I just heard a few gunshots out by my window,” said Dominique Harris who’s apartment is right next to where the shooting happened.

Curtis Copeland also lives right by the scene. He said he didn’t hear anything and was surprised to see police outside when he left his home in the morning.

”Man, you know, yellow tape, the whole thing, it’s not a pretty thing,” Copeland said.

Harris said she did not know Strowder but her death so close to where she lives hits home.

“It’s heartbreaking, it’s heart wrenching,” she said. “I have a 19-year-old who is in college and you telling me that kind of got my heart beating like a little bit harder than normal because I couldn’t imagine,” Harris said.

IMPD homicide detectives investigated the shooting. Police said the person responsible was identified, detained, interviewed and released pending further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Gun violence and juveniles is on the rise. IMPD says there had been 65 non-fatal shootings involving juveniles through Aug. 19 this year. There were 79 non-fatal shootings involving juveniles in all of 2021.

Kareem Hines is the founder of New Breed of Youth, they mentor kids to help keep them away from violence. He said he sees the rising problem.

”Not only an increase in youth gun violence but an increase in the normalcy of being exposed to guns,” Hines said.

Hines said he sees many young people feel the need to carry a gun for safety.

”To our young people these days owning a gun is a protective factor,” Hines said.

Hines said parents need to keep an eye on their kids and there are resources, like his program, to help them. 

”We have to let parents know that there are resources out there, there are programs out there that can help them support their kids,” Hines said. “Again, don’t know why this young lady was out at one in the morning.”

Harris said she feels safe in her neighborhood but as a community we have to do better to support kids.

”As a community of collective humans, not just one community, but us all together because whatever led to this it was a lack,” she said.

For anyone interested in New Breed of Youth programming, you can find out more on the website.

The shooting remains under investigation.