Police investigating shooting after fight at teen's birthday party


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Police are investigating after some people at a house party got out of control and that led to gunshots.

Police say there was some supervision at the teenage party near Arlington and Southport Road. The teen's mother was upstairs.

But then the Franklin Township birthday party turned violent after two girls got into a fight, police say, and were told to go outside.

That's when neighbor Deona Givens, who says her son "had just come in and all of a sudden, 'boom boom boom boom boom.'"

She could hear the gunshots from a few doors away. Her son was at the party down the street. He told us about 50 people may have been there.

"I was just leaving and turned around and there were shots," Jaylen Givens said.

He said there were "probably like 15" shots fired.

According to the police report, when the two arguing girls were told to leave the house,
witnesses saw a white male pull a large gun from his lower back. He then fired toward somebody in the street and toward the house.

The police report says people started driving away. At least two or three guns were fired.

"It was like kind of crazy, you know. I couldn't see nothing, so it's like, 'Dang, sounds like everybody shot," Jaylen said.

Only one person was hit. A minor graze wound to the back of an 18-year-old female.

Jaylen's mother said, "Yeah, thank God...thank God he came home when he did."

"I just go to parties with people I know," said Jaylen. "I won't go to parties with randoms."

They weren't the only folks feeling lucky here. A young mother and her family were close to the gunfire, too.

"Obviously, we have kids, so it was definitely a worry," said Shannon Steagal.

With five kids at home, she said, "I was woke up by what sounded like fireworks at first."

Her husband heard the popping sounds, too.

"He grabbed the kids and we ran them upstairs," Shannon recalled. "When we learned they were high schoolers, absolutely no business being out that late and with guns, for sure."

They used it as a chance to talk with their own kids about safety at parties.

Police are still investigating, trying to learn who all was involved. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.