Adult Charges Expected Soon In Downtown Shootings

Brizzi: 17-Year-Old Will Likely Be Charged Monday

A 17-year-old boy accused of opening fire on a group of teens during the final weekend of Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration downtown is expected to be charged as an adult next week.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Thursday that he expects to file charges on Monday against Shamus Patton, 17, who faces preliminary charges aggravated battery, criminal recklessness and firearms charges.

Eight boys -- ranging in age from 10 to 19 years old -- were struck by gunfire near the intersection of Illinois and Maryland streets just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, while a 16-year-old boy was shot a few minutes later at the corner of Georgia and Meridian streets and a 15-year-old boy was shot in the 100 block of West Market Street just before 11:30 p.m., police said.

While police said the shootings were likely gang-related, Brizzi said he's not sure if the charges will reflect that.

"At this point, I'm not prepared to say the shooting at Black Expo was gang-motivated, but regardless, we've been talking with community leaders, police in terms of, you know, what do we do," he said.

Patton, who was arrested Monday, was being held in juvenile custody on Thursday.