Recent crimes putting children in harm's way

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating several weekend crimes involving children placed in harm's way.

One of those violent crimes happened at a house in the 2000 block of Southeastern Avenue with almost three dozen shots fired into the home. The detective returned to the house Tuesday afternoon to continue gathering information about the shooting.

"My daughter could have lost her life," said Angela Spears. "I could have lost my grandkids."

Spears just doesn't understand why anyone would open fire on a house with kids inside, especially since this shooting hits so close to home and involves her grandkids.

Around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone fired several rounds into Angela's daughter's Southeastern Avenue home. Some of the bullets barely missed Angela's one- and six-year-old granddaughters and her seven-year-old grandson. A bullet ricocheted into the wall near the top bunk bed where her grandson sleeps.

"My grandson said, 'Nanny I had to get down on the bottom bunk to protect my sister'," said Angela.

But it turns out that the Southeastern Avenue gunfire is just one of several investigations involving kids needing protection in violent crimes. Two other separate families with kids had close calls the same night.

Metro police responded to emergency calls in the 5800 block of Magdalene Drive about a residential robbery. The suspects entered the home where a one-year-old girl and two-year-old boy may have witnessed the entire robbery. The suspects got away with personal belongings of the adult victims.

Officers also rushed to the 3100 block of El Lago North Drive where a two-year-old girl and her mother had a close call. Someone fired a shot that sent a bullet through their bedroom at their apartment.

Eyewitness News also reported on the expectant mother and two sons home when a man armed with a knife entered their bedroom over the weekend. He had already kicked their front door off the hinges to get in. He threatened to kill the mother and her children if she didn't hand over her purse. He fled the apartment with her property.

In the Southeastern Avenue case, Eyewitness News watched as IMPD Detective Scott Myers collected a shell casing that was still on the ground Tuesday afternoon.

Spears is thankful her family escaped serious injury. She not only wants the shooter caught, but also urge people to think twice before pulling the trigger.

"It's not the guns that's killing people, it's the people," said Spears.

If you have any information on the Southeastern Avenue shooting or any of the other cases involving children call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.