Police: Teen, 2-year-old wounded in morning shootings in same neighborhood

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Teen and Toddler Shot Blocks Apart on City's East Side
2 shot Tuesday morning
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A 17-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot while waiting for a school bus outside his home.

Two hours later, more shots rang out two blocks away, injuring a 2-year-old boy.

After being wounded, the teen ran around the house and then upstairs.

"It was probably a little before 6 a.m. we started hearing shooting, screaming. About 6:30, all the cops showed up," neighbor Laura Kent said.

"It's sad you have to worry about your kids stepping out to leave for the day and worrying if they are coming home, said Julie Hinds, who also lives nearby. "That's awful."

"He was a good kid. All he does is go to school and go home, hangs out with his brother and sisters," Hinds added. "As far as I know, he has never got in any trouble. He is a great kid."

The boy, whose identity hasn't been released, is hospitalized in critical condition.

The second shooting happened along Bradley Street.

"When officers arrived, they found a 2-year-old shot in the wrist area," said IMPD Officer Aaron Hamer.

Police would only say the investigation into both incidents continues.

Despite having occurred in the same area, police don't think the incidents are related.

"We do not believe the cases are connected in any way," Hamer said. "We think they are two separate incidents but we are here trying to see that all victims are given justice."

At last report, the 2-year-old was in stable condition at IU Health Riley Hospital.

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