7 youngsters below 17 shot in mass taking pictures close to Indianapolis mall

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Police on the spot after the shooting / Photo WTHR

Seven teenagers were injured in a tragic incident outside a mall in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday evening, law enforcement officials report.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers were on routine patrol when they were alerted to gunshots just after 11:30 p.m. Immediately upon arrival, they witnessed firing near Circle Center Mall. When officers arrived they found six men shot.

According to reports, all the victims were aged between 12 and 17 at the time of the shooting.

NBC News reports,

Emergency medical services arrived to transport the children to hospitals, and a seventh person, who was under the age of 18, went to the hospital himself. One victim is in critical condition and the other six are in stable condition.

Tanya Terry, deputy chief of operations for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, called the shooting “deeply concerning.”

“Once again, we have a situation where youth are resolving conflict with firearms, and that has to stop,” Terry said.

Terry told reporters that officers had noticed young people leaving the mall after it closed at 7 p.m. and wandering around the surrounding downtown area for hours. He said if a parent doesn't know where their 12-year-old child is at 11:30 pm the night before Easter, it “should be a priority.”

“I think everyone sees the message at 10 o'clock in the evening, 'Parents do you know where your kids are?'” Terry said, referencing an old public service announcement. “And we would ask our parents to be involved in what their children are doing outside, especially during these hours of the evening.”

Law enforcement officials have not yet made any arrests in connection with the shooting and have declined to release information about any possible suspects. As police sources confirmed, department detectives have opened an investigation into the aggravated assault.

It's no surprise that in Biden's America, this is the third shooting incident to occur in Indianapolis in three consecutive weekends, as reported by NBC News affiliate WTHR.

Five people, including an officer, were killed in a shooting in the eastern part of the city last Sunday, the station reported. In that case an officer shot the suspect.

And according to the Indianapolis Star, one person was killed and five others were injured in a shooting at a bar on March 16. A suspect was arrested and charged with the shooting after police were able to identify a shooter using surveillance footage inside the bar, the newspaper reported.

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