Boy critically hurt by gunshot from outside home

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A 12-year-old Indianapolis boy visiting his grandparents was critically injured after being struck by at least one gunshot fired into their home early Thursday, police said.

The boy was in listed in critical condition at Riley Children’s Hospital following the shooting that occurred just after 3:30 a.m. on the city's northeast side, Indianapolis police Officer Samone Burris said.

The boy's name was not immediately released.

The randomness of the shooting resonated through the community, leading Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor to appear at a news conference.

“It is an absolutely shattering experience, and I cannot imagine what his family is going through,” Hogsett said.

“This cannot be the lived experience of families in our city — anywhere in our city,” the mayor said.

Taylor said the boy was playing video games with other family members when he was shot.

“A 12-year-old was hanging out with family, ends up getting shot,” Taylor said.

No arrests have been made. Hogsett and police encouraged anyone with information on the shooting to share it with investigators.

“Maybe you really don’t know what you saw, but it could help us solve this case,” Burris said. “So that’s why we are encouraging people to come forward with that information so that we can know and gather the facts about what actually occurred before that 12-year-old was shot.”

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