Investigation continues into downtown canal shooting

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The investigation into the weekend shooting on the downtown canal continues Monday.

Indianapolis Metro Police are giving us limited information about who opened fire, striking five teenagers on the canal Saturday night.

Two of the teenagers remained hospitalized Monday afternoon. A 14-year-old boy shot in the chest has been upgraded to serious but stable condition. A 16-year-old girl shot in the upper thigh is also listed as serious but stable.

The other three victims were released from the hospital Sunday.

The gunfire broke out shortly after 10:00 pm Saturday night on the canal near the Historical Society. Police say they have a list of names they are looking into as persons of interest, but they are not making that list public for investigative reasons.

Detectives are still working on a motive but believe it started as an argument between two groups of young people. Police believe the shooter fired from street level, where they found several shell casings. The shooting victims had gathered along the canal below.

Detectives and SWAT team officers served a search warrant at a north Indianapolis location and interviewed several people, but made no arrests. Investigators suspect the shooter is a teenager.

"We cannot have kids bringing guns downtown," said Rev. Charles Harrison.

Harrison and other community leaders met with police Monday morning. They will start canal faith patrols on weekends right away.

"We know who these kids are. We know who these gangs are and when we are down there, we are going to identify them and we are going to address them," said Harrison.

"When the pastors are out there and clearly identified by vest or by shirts, I think that the kids do act different when they see the pastors out there," said IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski.

People who use the canal want whoever is responsible caught to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"I think after a certain hour I think kids should not be out and I think if they are out the parents should be responsible for it," said Ruth, a canal user.

"I guess during the day, we come out in groups so I am not real concerned about it. But of course, I would not come out here at night," said Jean.

"That's craziness. The canal is here for everyone to enjoy. You just can't have things like that," said Alan, another canal visitor.

Detectives ask for anyone with information regarding this case to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.