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An Indianapolis boy was shot on July 4 on the city’s east side

An Indianapolis boy was shot on July 4 on the city’s east side

An Indianapolis boy was shot on July 4 on the city’s east side

INDIANAPOLIS — A boy is recovering in an Indianapolis hospital after being hit by a stray bullet as the city celebrated the Fourth of July holiday.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called around 10:40 p.m. Thursday to Community East Hospital after a person suffering from a gunshot wound was admitted for treatment.


IMPD said the victim, later identified as an 11-year-old boy, had been hit by a stray bullet around 10 p.m. Police later said they believe the shooting happened in the 1100 block of N. Tuxedo Street on the city’s near east side.

“It’s unacceptable,” said IMPD Chief Chris Bailey. “It’s not who we are as a city.”

An IMPD police report on the incident indicated the weapon involved was a handgun. The crime is listed as aggravated assault/reckless endangerment with a firearm. Suspect information is marked as unknown.

“Those bullets are going to land when they go into the air,” Chief Bailey said. “I don’t know how much clearer I can be with people who have guns. You can’t shoot bullets into the air. Those bullets are going to land.”

The latest report indicated the boy was in stable condition, awake and breathing. IMPD had not provided further information as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.