Youth fatally shot at Indianapolis hotel garage

Juvenile arrested, charged by MCPO

INDIANAPOLIS - One minor was arrested after another minor was shot and killed at a downtown parking garage, officials said.

Officers found 17-year-old Darnell Franklin suffering from a gunshot wound to the back about 3 a.m. Sunday at a garage serving the JW Marriott and adjacent Marriott Courtyard across from White River State Park.

Police said Franklin and five other people, all family and friends, rode in the same car to the garage to meet with some female friends.

One person in the back seat of the car picked up a gun and accidentally shot Franklin in the back, police said.

Franklin was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he later died from his wounds.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office decided to arrest the juvenile male on charges of reckless homicide and carrying a handgun without a license, police said.

He was taken to juvenile detention and is awaiting a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Lt. Christopher L. Bailey said the juveniles weren't participating in Indiana Black Expo activities. The Expo's Summer Celebration in downtown Indianapolis had drawn tens of thousands of people from across the state to events being held in downtown Indianapolis.

"It goes to the bigger question of responsible gun ownership and responsible gun safety. If you're going to own a gun, which is your right, you need to make sure you know how to handle it and use it properly so that we don't have incidents like this. And the bottom line is a 17-year-old didn't have any business having a gun at all," Bailey said.

Officers said there was only one arrest related to Summer Celebration made on Friday. There were no curfew violations and only a few citations were issued over the weekend, police said.

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