INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Police are investigating an incident that left two teenagers with gunshot wounds early Friday morning.
Indiana State Police closed a busy interstate exit ramp, learning the shooting involved a lot of gunfire. It happened at Interstate 65 and Southport Road.
Metro police officers were first on scene. Dispatchers had received reports of the sound of gunfire and learned the about a shootout involving young drivers taking place on the highway.
Indiana State Police also got involved, locating two teenagers with non-life threatening injuries. They found a wounded 16-year-old driver in a Chevrolet Impala. His passenger escaped injury.
A second teenage boy, driving a Chevy Malibu, also suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Police said he was only 15 years old.
Shootings involving teens are happening all over the country. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows child gun deaths number more 2,700 annually. The study also shows that 14,500 kids are injured by gunfire each year, and the daily average for shootings involving kids is around 47.
In this case, troopers used evidence markers to show the many shell casings at the crime scene.
Police believe the victims know more about the shooters but won't say. Still, investigators have learned about possible gunfire from a third car involved, described as having a large rust spot on the back, seen speeding away from the area.
Although police believe this was no random act of violence, they are not getting the cooperation they need from those involved. Anyone with information on the case can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS. All calls to the tip line are confidential.