IMPD arrests man in snowball fight shooting

INDIANAPOLIS - Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect Friday in connection with a January shooting that injured a 13-year-old girl.

On January 10, police say Willie Irving used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun to end a snowball fight that involved a younger sibling.

Investigators say he fired eight rounds into a house on the 2900 block of North New Jersey Street, striking the young victim in the head behind her right ear. Police say the 15-round magazine still contained seven unspent rounds.

IMPD investigators say they had an idea all along about the identity of the shooter, but lacked a weapon and other corroborating evidence. Even with enough evidence to press charges now, police say they still don't have a motive for the shooting.

"I think if everybody remembers during that time period, it was pretty crazy," said IMPD Sgt. Burgess Ricks. "We were getting bombarded with aggravated assaults and all kinds of stabbings and shootings throughout the city."

The bullet that struck the 13-year-old girl didn't penetrate her skull, and she has made a complete recovery, according to police.

Police said they plan to take Irving's case to prosecutors on Monday to determine the appropriate charges to file.

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