INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are searching for the father of an 8-year-old girl who died on Sunday.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public to help find 40-year-old Kendall Brye. Police say he’s a person of interest after his daughter, 8-year-old Kendrielle Brye, was shot. They aren’t sure if the shooting was accidental or intentional—that’s why they want to speak with him.
The shooting took place at a home on Culver Street, close to 42nd Street and Arlington Avenue. The little girl was shot in one of the bedrooms just before 6 p.m.
Her mom drove her to a fire station on Layman Avenue and 38th Street for help, but she died at the hospital.
Several friends and neighbors believe the shooting was an accident.
Officially, police say the case is an active investigation and they are still piecing together exactly what happened.
“We don’t know if it’s homicide, if it’s accidental or intentional. We’re trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on,” said IMPD Major Harold Turner.
Court records say Brye, who had been on home detention for a drug conviction in 2017, cut off his GPS monitor and took off to avoid talking to police.
Studies by the gun violence archive show in recent years Indiana has seen a lot of accidental shootings involving children, ranking 7th worst nationally in 2016.
“I mean the accidental shooting of a child is one of the worst things on Earth and it’s more tragic because it’s 100 percent preventable,” said Guy Relford.
Attorney Relford teaches gun safety courses and always starts with an important lesson to parents to lock up their guns to avoid any senseless shootings.
“We’re talking about 100 percent avoidable accidents and someone has to have acted irresponsibly for that accident happen and that’s what we’re trying to prevent,” said Relford.
Police say the mother is being cooperative, but no one has seen or heard from Brye since the shooting.
“When you cut all your communication lines off and you flee… it’s suspicious circumstances until we talk to him,” IMPD Lt. Kerry Buckner said.
He was last seen driving a gray 2016 Dodge Charger with Indiana license plate IP1340. His 3-year-old son was with him, but he was found and is safe.
Police say Brye is armed and dangerous. If you have any information about his whereabouts, call police.