Teen hospitalized after shots fired into home in the 2600 block of Hillside Avenue

INDIANAPOLIS - A teen sleeping in his bed was shot when someone fired bullets into his home early Wednesday, police said.

About 1 a.m., several shots were fired into a home in the 2600 block of Hillside Avenue, near 25th Street and Keystone Avenue where 19-year-old Rodney Batts and his family were sleeping.

Batts' grandmother, Debra Whittfield, said her family is lucky to be alive after the attack.

"All the bullet (holes) are right over his bed," she said. "God is good. He was lying at the foot of the bed. So when they shot, the bullets hit his headboard.  (The bullets) would have been right at his head level."

Whittfield counted nine bullet holes and eight in Rodney's room. One hit her youngest son's bed, but he wasn't home at the time.

"My husband woke me up and told me to hit the floor and I heard two more shots," she said. "I heard my grandson holler at me, 'Grannie, I've been hit!' I crawled around to his room and I opened up the door and smoke was everywhere."

Whittfield said her grandson had been in some trouble in the past, but was turning his life around.

"He had a job. We had him signed up to go back to the Excel Center in September. He was on the right track," she said.

Batts was hospitalized after the shooting, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Meanwhile, Whittfield said she's worried that the shooter may strike again.

"I'm ready to move. I can't live like this. I'm innocent. I know people do stuff but I (haven't) done (anything) to (anyone). My husband (and I), we (haven't) done (anything) to (anyone)."she said. "I don't want to be ran from my house."

If you have information on this crime, you’re urged to report it at 317-327-3811. You can also always report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or online at crimetips.org. Tips can also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637. You can also check out the Crime Stoppers app, TipSubmit.

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