AVON, Ind. (WISH) — A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting of a grandmother and granddaughter Wednesday afternoon at the home where he lives, police say.
Brandon Clark was charged with recklessness with a deadly weapon. Authorities say he is related to the two victims but would not confirm the exact relationship.
Deputy Chief Brian Nugent with the Avon Police Department said, “We do believe this incident was an unintentional shooting. Criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon is certainly a very serious offense here in Hendricks County and one that we take very seriously when we are talking about the safety of others and particularly children.”
Officers were called around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday to the home in the 7300 block of Glensford Drive. Investigators believe Clark was mishandling the gun in some way but did not share exactly how the shooting happened. The 4-year-old granddaughter required surgery; the grandma was treated at a hospital and later released.
Nugent said, “The ongoing issue becomes the safety of firearms in homes, and my opinion is over 99% of people are responsible gun owners. This is a very unique situation.”
Neighbors say they were shocked. Amanda Tye is a mother in the neighborhood. “This is a really quiet neighborhood you get the occasional teenagers around doing their teenage things but it’s nothing big. It’s a very safe neighborhood, we all talk to each other and we know each other’s kids. It’s disconcerting especially because my son is friends with the kids that live here.”
Tye said she was outside when the shooting happened and did not hear anything but saw someone run out of the house. She said police cars arrived quickly after the shooting.
“It’s hard,” Tye said. “My wife and I are actually foster parents, so when it comes to kids it’s very difficult to see things like this. We try not to pry, stay to ourselves, and mind our own business, but it’s difficult when there are kids involved.”