Mom of teen suspect hopes shooting serves lesson

Two people were shot in separate incidents downtown Saturday.
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Richard Essex/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The mother of a teen arrested after a shooting outside Circle Centre Mall says her son's actions tarnished a city's image. The woman, who did not wish to be identified, says she hopes the incident teaches her son a lesson about crime and consequences.

"I knew one of the kids. One of the kids, that was all," she said. "The other guys, I never heard of them, never seen them."

Her 15-year-old son is a suspect for the shooting of a 17-year-old at Circle Centre Mall Saturday night. He is being held in juvenile custody.

"You know, he tried to tell me what happened and stuff like that. He kept saying he didn't know his friend had took a gun down there," the mother said.

The teen's friend had, according to police, a .22-caliber revolver and shot the victim in the foot. Police arrested two others in connection with the shooting.

"I know that he was in the wrong," the suspect's mother said.

They were caught by police about a block south of the mall.

Just 30 minutes later, a 15-year-old was shot after being chased. That victim is in critical condition at Methodist Hospital. The investigation of both shootings shut down a busy area of downtown for hours.

"Things like this don't happen very often downtown, but when they do happen, we want to react as quickly as possible," said Fred Laughlin of Downtown Indianapolis Inc.

Laughlin is tasked with selling the city to tourists and convention goers. Incidents like Saturday's shooting makes his job tough.

"It is really an issue that we have to look at all over downtown and if we look at last year, for instance, crime was down throughout the city. Crime was down downtown, but we have to look at instances like that and all of a sudden, crime stats don't matter as much," he said.

The teen suspect's mother agrees.

"Because if it were addressed, those teenagers wouldn't get to hang out," she said.

In other words, less hanging out means less trouble.