LAWRENCE, Ind. – A 14-year-old is in custody after police say the suspect shot up a birthday party in Lawrence.
At least four teens and one 11-year-old boy were hit by gunfire. One of those teens, a 13-year-old, is in critical condition after getting hit in the face. A 14-year-old girl was shot in the torso, and she is listed in stable condition.
The other three victims suffered non-life threatening injuries to either their hands or legs.
Lawrence police first received a report of shots fired just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Club in the 4700 block of North Richardt Avenue. That’s near East 46th Street, just outside I-465.
Officers described the scene as chaotic as more than 70 people tried to run to safety after those shots rang out.
One neighbor who lives nearby heard the gunshots and ran towards the clubhouse to help in any way he could. When he got inside, he found a 13-year-old on the ground, shot at least once. That’s when he started cpr.
“He was unconscious, lifeless, he was gasping for air,” witness Mike Beeler said. “Chaos, totally chaos with all the kids and people that were there, screaming it was just chaos.”
On Sunday morning, authorities arrested a 14-year-old juvenile on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and minor possession of a weapon. The suspect was transported to the juvenile detention center and Lawrence police believe there are other potential suspects on the loose.
Police say the incident began as a verbal argument between two people that escalated into a group fight, then ended in gunfire. It’s unclear if the shooting was targeted or whether the shooter or shooters were guests at the party.
Police say there could be potentially other suspects out there.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lawrence PD or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. The investigation is ongoing.