Teen critically injured in northeast Indianapolis shooting

A 15-year-old boy was shot outside his apartment on the northeast side Tuesday evening. (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Police are looking for a gunman who shot a teenager on the northeast side of Indianapolis Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened at the Frederick Square Apartments near E. 30th Street and N. Arlington Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say a 15-year-old boy was shot at least once in the torso while he stood in the first-floor hallway of the apartment building where he lives. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical, but stable, condition.

Police are still working on what sparked the attack. They don't think it was a random shooting.

“He was talking, but he said he did not know who shot him," said IMPD Capt. Robert Trout.

Some neighbors told us the victim was even asking medics to let him get up off the stretcher. Police do not believe it was a random act and the victim should have gotten a look at his attacker. But it is still unclear whether there was more than one shooter and if the suspect is a juvenile

"Until the detectives can actually get in there and talk to him, his mother is in there with him, so they will be able maybe to convince him he needs to start telling the story, figure out what’s going on," Trout said.

The shooting had neighbors talking, worrying and, for some, remembering.

“It does, because my son was shot when he was 11 years old. My son was shot right here at 30th and Arlington," said Paula Welch.

Welch’s son got caught in a crossfire at the corner. He was wounded in both legs, but survived. Seeing the latest shooting on that same corner brings it all back.

“And I have grandbabies and they are starting to get into the teenage stage. Young kids want to be curious. Yeah, it concerns me a lot. I just don’t know what to think about all this violence," she said.

Violence that struck here - again.