Arrest made in downtown canal shootings


Metro police have made an arrest in the downtown canal shooting incident that wounded five teens last weekend.

In a release, police said detectives arrested a 16-year-old male for five counts of attempted murder and one count of criminal gang activity.  

The shooting happened on a busy downtown canal walk the night of Saturday, March 17th.

Police did not release additional details about their investigation, or the name of the juvenile arrested.

IMPD plans a press conference Friday to provide more information.

"I'm sad to hear it is a 16-year-old and sad we have so many young people involved in this kind of gang activity, criminal behavior," said Pastor Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition.

Harrison believes community support helped break the case. "I just heard the person they were looking for. We were aware the person was part of a gang. I want to thank the community because I think a lot of the community were very helpful  in helping apprehend this suspect. Seems like the community came together. Sometimes people don't talk, but in this case, people were willing to be helpful to the police."

Harrison says pastors will flood the canal area this weekend to keep the peace among young people.

"We're going to have to send a message to young people that this kind of gang activity that leads to violence is just not going to be accepted in our community," said Harrison of his hope that prosecutors aggressively pursue the case.

The Associated Press reports a 14-year-old boy shot in the chest and a 16-year-old girl shot in the upper thigh were hospitalized earlier this week in serious but stable condition. An update on their conditions wasn't immediately available Friday.

Two 17-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy were treated for wounds and released.