INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The city’s mayor and police chief spoke out for an end to the silence about violence after a 1-year-old girl died in a Thursday morning shooting on the northeast side.
That child’s aunt, a 19-year-old woman, was shot in the shoulder but was alert and conscious. The child has been identified only as “Malaysia.” The 19-year-old has not yet been identified. The girl’s family friend said Malaysia was a sweet girl and often called her “Angel.”
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers were called shortly before 1:45 a.m. to the 3500 block of North Wittfield Street. A suspect exited a car and fired multiple rounds into a house, Chief Bryan Roach said Thursday afternoon. Roach said the incident started on social media and escalated to a large fight at the residence in the middle of the night.
Roach as well as officers at the scene said eight to 10 people were inside the house, including a 4-year-old child who was not injured.
The fatal shooting remained under investigation Thursday afternoon. No arrest has been made, and police have given no suspect information.
Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a Thursday afternoon news conference from Dubarry Park, “I do not fear the person, I do not fear the people who committed this act. I learned a long time ago there will always be evil in this world.”
Apathy and silence is the biggest fear, he said.
“The reality is this, and we must come to terms with it: Too many people in our community possess firearms,” the mayor said. “But a deafening silence persist,” putting the community at risk.
Hogsett asked people to speak to pastor or a police officer about violence and “don’t turn a deaf ear.”
“If not for our neighborhoods, we must do this for our families, who we cherish. If not for that, we must do it for a 1-year-old, beautiful, baby girl.”
The Rev. Charles Harrison, leader of the crime-fighting Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, said that a prayer vigil for the 1-year-old girl will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the scene of the fatal shooting. Also, he said, an Enough is Enough march will be at at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning from a parking lot near the McDonald’s at 38th Street and Post Road.
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