Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Shootings

Five Teens Shot Downtown In Indy, Nine In Custody
Re-printed from a story at WISH-TV Channel 8 on March 18th Dayth 2012

For the second time in two years, downtown becomes a war zone for deranged teenage gun men.

Five juveniles were shot Saturday, March 17th 2012 - St. Patrick's Day, in downtown Indianapolis. Three have since been released while two others remain hospitalized. The two had surgery overnight for their wounds and are reported to be in stable condition at IU Riley Hospital for Children.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Linda Jackson said the victims ranged in age between 14 and 17.

IMPD released the following information about the five juveniles who had been shot:

A black male 14 years of age. He was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.

A black male 14 years of age. He was transported to Riley Hospital for Children and is listed in good condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the face.

A black female 16 years of age. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.

A black male 17 years of age. He was transported to Wishard Hospital in good condition with gunshot wound to the back. He has since been released from the hospital.

A black male 17 years of age. He was transported to Wishard Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the leg. He has since been released from the hospital.

A search warrant was served on a Northwest side residence and 9 people, juveniles and adults were reportedly taken into custody for questioning in connection with the case. Police say they hope to develop a person of interest from that group.

Investigators are looking into the possibility the shooting was gang related.


The shooting took place near the canal at 440 West Ohio in Indianapolis behind the Historical Society.

The shootings happened near West Street and Ohio Street, behind the Historical Society building, near the canal. Around 10 pm Saturday, IMPD officers working downtown were notified of a fight in progress in the 400 block of W. Ohio Street. As officers arrived their attention was drawn to a group of juveniles on Ohio Street.

A few minutes later the officers heard shots from the north side of the Indiana Historical Society. It was quickly determined that there were individuals injured, possibly shot on the west bank of the canal between Ohio and New York Street.

Officers stabilized the victims until IFD Medics and Indianapolis EMS arrived to assist the victims and transport them to the hospital.

24-Hour News 8 learned there was a wedding reception happening at the Historical Center downtown, and that a wedding guest was approached by a victim while she was outside in the parking lot around 10:00.

Rick Dossey was also a guest at the wedding, and said, “Some people were confused.. we saw lights, and police cars on basically all sides of the building. Then we heard one of the guests… had been approached by one of the victims, so that had people concerned.”

Dossey added, “People felt secure, but we heard there were shootings there near the Canal, so we were kept for a couple hours afterwards as crime scene was being investigated.”

IUPUI student Jason Salim lives in the Canal Square apartments, near the shooting. He said, “I hear three gun shots, and I thought it was fireworks… after a few minutes I heard police cars come by.”

IMPD detectives say they have a 16-year-old who has been arrested and charged with 5 counts of Attempted Murder.

References:
WISH-TV Channel 8, IMPD: Multiple People Shot Downtown
Huffingtson Post, Indiana Black Expo Mass Shooting 2010