INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - IMPD officials say the shooting in a hotel parking garage that claimed the life of a 17-year-old male victim early Sunday morning was accidental.
The shooting occurred in the parking garage of the Courtyard Marriott early Sunday.
According to police, the victim and five others arrived to the Marriott Hotel to meet some friends. Police say while they were still in the car, one of the passengers in the back seat reached down to pick up a gun from the floorboard with his finger on the trigger.
He accidentally shot the victim in the back.
The teen was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital in serious condition where he later died from his wounds. He has been identified as 17-year-old Darnell Franklin.
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has reviewed the case. It was determined to arrest a juvenile male and charge him with reckless homicide, a Class C felony, and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor. He was taken to Juvenile Detention. At this time it is unknown if he will be waived to adult court.
Officials say those involved were not at any Indiana Black Expo events Saturday night. They did not arrive to the parking garage until after 3 a.m.
The Marriott released this statement Sunday morning:
We can confirm there was an incident in our garage that the police are investigating. It is our understanding this involves a fatality and our thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased and his family. At this time the police are investigating the incident and we are cooperating fully with the authorities. The police have indicated they believe this to be an isolated incident. As this is an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further. As always, the safety and well-being of our guests and associates are among our highest priorities.
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