INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A male juvenile is dead and police continue to search for suspects following a shooting late Thursday night in downtown Indianapolis.
The shooting happened just an hour after the Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, where thousands of people were crowded into the downtown area.
Around 11:30 p.m. officers were alerted to a possible person shot at South Meridian and Maryland streets.
Police arrived on the scene and were told a person had been shot. Officials found a juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound.
He has been identified as 16-year-old Monquize Edwards of Indianapolis. Pinka Edwards, Monquize's mother, added she received a phone call from a teenager who told her Monquize had been shot.
Seconds later, a teen handed the phone off to a detective who told Edwards her son would be OK. The 16-year-old was then rushed to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where he died during surgery.
He has been identified as 16-year-old Monquize Edwards of Indianapolis.
EMS personnel took the victim to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Police say he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No other injuries were reported as a result of the shooting incident.
Homicide detectives spoke with several witnesses but as yet have not identified any suspects at this point in the investigation.
In an impromptu interview, Edwards pleaded for the suspect to come forward.
"If you know who took my baby's life, please call and please come forward, justice has to be served," said Edwards.
It's estimated that 50,000 people were downtown for the fireworks celebration. IMPD had 165 officers patrolling downtown. There 77 cases police responded to in the downtown area that night. Some of the calls were for public intoxication, armed robbery and assault.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's Office released a statement late Friday afternoon. Part of the statement sent condolences to the Edwards family.
Ballard also stated a renewed effort to solve the problem of unsupervised youth downtown. He called on public safety, faith-based groups and community partners to help in that process.
"(We) need to redouble our efforts to confront the problem of unsupervised youth roaming free downtown and the parents who allow it," said Ballard.
Maggie Lewis, president of the Indianapolis City-County Council, also sent her condolences in a statement. She also said she plans to encourage her colleagues to overturn Ballard's veto on a proposal that would have meant the hiring of additional police officers.
Detectives ask anyone that may have seen or heard anything to call IMPD at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.
The right two lanes of Interstate 70 east near Interstate 465 were closed Tuesday evening due to a crash.
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On Tuesday, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite will promote 23 officers. Three sergeants will be elevated to the rank of lieutenant. Twenty patrol officers will be promoted to the rank of sergeant.