IMPD: Child shot by sister, not drive-by
Last Updated: 85 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Police were initially told a young boy was shot as a result of a weekend drive-by shooting – but now, that’s not the case. Officers said it was one of the boy’s family members that actually shot him.
The original police report tells the story of a possible drive by shooting. That story was told mostly by a 13-year-old girl. Now police say her version of events is all made up.
It happened during a weekend family event on the city's east side.
"Like I said, you know, we (were) having a birthday party,” neighbor Tammey Craig said.
It was a birthday party that was interrupted by a bleeding 11-year-old boy who walked there from down the block.
"They felt safe coming here to get help because, you know, they pretty much know us because they are over here every day," Craig said.
The boy was shot in the arm.
Neighbor and family friend Craig said they wrapped his wound and the ambulance showed up quickly.
From the east side, medics transported the boy to Riley Hospital for Children. He was described as stable at the time.
Earlier that day the boy was with his 13-year-old sister. She told police he was hit by a bullet from a drive-by shooting.
In the police report that was released Sunday, IMPD said a girl told officers that she and her two brothers (one of whom was the shooting victim) were walking into their home in the area when she heard a gunshot. She said she saw one of her brothers had been shot in the forearm.
The girl told officers they ran around the corner to a neighbor's home to call police. She later told officers all she heard was the gunshot, and that she hadn't been able to get a good glimpse of the car that drove away after it took off from her street.
But when police searched their house, they found a loaded gun magazine and a bullet hole in the wall that also put a hole in her story.
Now investigators believe she shot her brother on accident, then lied to cover it up.
Tonight this neighbor is more concerned with the young victim's recovery.
"I'm really praying for him and I hope that, you know, everything turns out OK," Craig said.
Monday, detectives are still working on the case. They are not yet saying where the gun came from or whether they will file criminal charges.
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