Teen shooting victim brain dead; not expected to recover

Lawrence Teen Shooting Follow Up
Teen shooting victim won't survive
5th victim identified in birthday party shooting
Teens shot at birthday party Saturday night
Four teens shot
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LAWRENCE, Ind. (WTHR) — Family members say a 14-year-old shot at a birthday party Saturday night is not expected to recover.

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for reportedly shooting five teens at the party.

All five teens went to the hospital. Fourteen-year-old Daron Johnson, who was shot in the face, remains in critical condition and is considered brain dead.

Family members told Eyewitness News doctors have told them Daron will not recover.

Lawrence police confirmed two teenage girls suffered gunshot wounds to the leg. A teen boy also got shot in the hand.

Officers found a handgun possibly used in the shooting on North Richardt Avenue at the Lawrence Lions Club building.

They found that gun hidden in a nearby drain grate and think it was likely placed there as dozens of kids ran to escape the gunfire.

Sources say at least one person was asked to leave the party, which was chaperoned by adults, and that's when the gunfire broke out around 10:30 p.m.

Police say it was a physical confrontation between two people that escalated into two groups of people before the gunfire started.

Neighbor Mike Beeler, a military veteran, heard the gunfire from his garage. He believes he heard shots from more than one weapon. Beeler told 13 Investigates he counted at least 13 rounds.

Beeler jumped in his vehicle to drive toward the Lions Club. His injured knee doesn't allow him to run. As he drove he saw dozens of kids frantically running from the club.

When Beeler entered the building, he found the Daron, shot in the face, and provided first aid to the injured boy. ​Beeler described the boy's pulse as "on-and-off" until medics arrived and took over treatment.

There was a trail of blood from the Lions Club to Lawrence Fire Department Station #39 next door, where firefighters treated one of the injured teens who ran there for help.

Lawrence Police suspect there may be more than one shooter involved, so they have not ruled out more arrests in the case.

The teen arrested Sunday morning was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center where he faces a juvenile firearm possession charge and a criminal recklessness charge.

Investigators would like for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS.

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