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East side shooting kills Arsenal Tech student

UPDATE: The Marion County Coroner released the identity of the Arsenal Tech student that was found shot and killed Thursday as 15-year-old Derrick Marshi Houston Jr.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Thursday morning shooting on the city’s far east side claimed the life of an Arsenal Tech High School student, an Indianapolis Public Schools spokesperson confirmed.

A bus driver on a route near Breen Drive and North Brentwood Avenue called 911 at around 6:30 a.m. after finding someone in the street, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says.

Officers arrived at the scene, a neighborhood just off 38th Street near Post Road, and found a teenage boy who had been shot. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition but did not survive.

“It’s a tragedy. The death of someone’s child is a tragedy,” IMPD Public Information Officer Samone Burris told News 8.

Police have not said what led to the shooting and no arrests have been made.

Crisis counseling services are being made available Thursday for students and staff at Arsenal Tech, according to IPS Spokesperson Marc Ransford.

“Our thoughts are with the student’s family, our staff and students,” Ransford said in a statement.

IMPD says the 22 children who were aboard the school bus at the time of the 911 call were later picked up by parents from the scene and a second IPS bus was requested to transport the other children to school. No one on the bus was hurt or witnessed the shooting.

Two kids who were on the bus were detained for reasons unrelated to this incident and were released to their parents, police say.

This is the second fatal shooting in Indianapolis since midnight; IMPD officers say a man was found shot to death at around 5:30 a.m. in a neighborhood near Riverside Park.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Ryan Clark at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or by email at

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