12-year-old recovering at Riley after shooting

INDIANAPOLIS - A 12-year-old girl was recovering at Riley Hospital on Friday afternoon after being shot as she slept in her bed.

Relatives say the shooting happened just after midnight at an apartment complex near 34th Street and Moller Road. And, they say, it's a wonder no one was killed with all of the shots fired at the west side apartment.

"My sister called my mom and said, 'Ra-Je's been shot,'" said Christopher Watson, the victim's uncle. "I came running down here to see what was going on. So when I came down here I saw all the little bullet holes, and my sister's crying."

Watson said he counted 20 bullet holes in his sister's apartment at Tara Townhouses. One of those bullets landed in his niece's shoulder while the 12-year-old was asleep upstairs.

She was rushed to Riley Children's Hospital, but is expected to recover.

Indianapolis police said they found 19 spent 9mm shell casings at the scene, plus 21 spent 7.62 mm shell casings.

Watson said he isn't sure why anyone would have done this, unless it was an old grudge that went back several years.

"My niece, she ain't but 12, she goes to school," he said. "My sister, she's 36. She goes  to work."

The next door neighbors - who also had several small children sleeping inside - feel relieved no one in their family became a victim of a stray bullet.

"We’re not lucky; we are very blessed," said neighbor Tauhidah Dullen. We're very blessed."

Watson said his family, who also had two young nephews asleep inside when the shots were fired, is lucky that no one was killed.

"I don't know what to say," Watson said. "I just want people to stop the violence; you know what I'm saying? That's all I want."

Police are still searching for the shooter or shooters, but said they currently have no suspects or descriptions.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to report it to police at 317-327-3811 or report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS). Tips may also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637.

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