INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An FFA member in town for the national convention has beencritically injured.
Phillip Caler, 16, suffered severe injuries when he fell from athird floor balcony to the first floor inside Circle Centre Mall.Police said Caler is from Booker, Texas.
"He was sitting on a railing at the third level,” saidSgt. Paul Thompson of IMPD. “At some point in time, he losthis balance, fell, struck the second level barricade and fell allthe way to the ground. As far as we know at this time, it's just anaccident there was no foul play involved as far as we know."
Andrew Yagle was just outside the Carson Pirie Scott store.
"The people right there by it, heard it and knew what was goingon. But a lot of people in the mall didn't know what was going on.And I went around and started trying to find people from Texasbecause that's where he was from," said Yagle.
A WISH-TV employee inside at the time said several young peoplewere playing around near the balcony when the accidenthappened.
A statement from the FFA said Caler’s family is with himat Methodist Hospital. The organization said they have been toldthat the next 72 hours will be critical in determining Caler'sprognosis.
The FFA statement said Caler's family is profoundly grateful forthe outpouring of thoughts and prayers from FFA members, the cityof Indianapolis and supporters all across the country.
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