Infant dead after drive-by shooting on northeast side

Police investigate the scene of a double shooting on North Wittfield Street early Thursday.
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Infant dead after drive-by shooting on northeast side
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Update on northeast side shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Police confirm a 1-year-old girl has died from injuries after a drive-by shooting on the northeast side.

A 19-year-old woman, believed to be the baby's aunt, was also injured.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday on North Wittfield Street, near N. Post Road and E. 36th Street.

Both victims were transported to the hospital. The 19-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and is expected to recover.

"A 1-year-old can't hurt anyone," said IMPD Lt. Kerry Buckner. "Nobody has a beef with a 1-year-old. People are just reckless, and everyone wants to take things out with guns."

Investigators are talking to the people who were inside the home at the time to find out more details. Police believe multiple rounds were fired into the home in a drive-by-type shooting.

Police say there were about a dozen people in the house at the time of the shooting, including another child younger than 1 year old. Everyone was in the front room when the shooting occurred.

Everyone in the home is believed to be younger than 20 years old.

IMPD plans to do everything in its power to find who is responsible for the shooting.

"I just got off the phone with Chief (Bryan) Roach and (Deputy) Chief (Chris) Bailey. As a result of those conversations ... they want to communicate this message: The individual who did this, we will have the force of all state and federal law enforcement officers assisting us if you do not turn yourself in," said IMPD Sgt. Chris Wilburn.

"Our children are the most vulnerable in our society," he continued. "They will n ot be targeted, and they will not be victimized by an individual architect of violence in this community."

Wilburn also had strong words, specifically for African-American men, about preventing these incidents in the future.

"The reality of it is, time and time again we look at, statistically, individuals who are either victims of violence and architects of violence ... We're not gonna run away from that," he said. "The fact of the matter is this is a regular occurrence, and so we're not shying away from that ... We're not browbeating anybody. We are actually examining the truth of where we are.

Ten Point Coalition will gather at the home at 6:30 p.m. for a prayer vigil. President Rev. Charles Harrison tweeted Thursday morning saying the group would not tolerate such "evil" in the city.

The group also plans to have a march this Saturday. The public is encouraged to participate. Ten Point leaders will lead the march from the McDonald's at 28th Street and Post Road and to the home, followed by another prayer vigil at 5 p.m.

Harrison also asked whoever is responsible to turn themselves in.