IMPD: 3-year-old boy shot in arm

Police: Boy's injuries not life-threatening

INDIANAPOLIS - Police continued their investigation after a child was shot on the city’s northwest side Thursday evening.

The incident happened in the 1100 block of West 27th Street just after 4:30 p.m.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the 3-year-old boy was shot in the upper left arm.

Family members told IMPD the shooting happened after the child answered a knock at the door, but investigators later determined the gunshot came from inside the house. Police did not say if the wound was self-inflicted or fired by somebody else.

He was taken to Riley Hospital for Children, and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police said. He was last reported to be in good condition.

Police said two adults and two children were in the home at the time, including the boy and his mother.

Authorities did not recover a weapon inside the home, but almost four hours after the shooting, police returned to the house with a search warrant. They recovered a drum magazine for a semi-automatic handgun capable of holding up to 50 rounds of ammunition.

Police said they also recovered a bullet that was fired into the refrigerator.

A 1-year-old child who was also in the home at the time of the shooting has been placed in protective custody with child-welfare workers.

Friday afternoon, police said they were seeking a person of interest in the case.

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