INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on the city's southeast side Tuesday night, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said, and two other teens were arrested.
The shooting, which police were calling accidental, happened just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night in the 5800 block of La Fleur Street. Officers received a call from a person that said his brother had just shot his friend.
When police arrived on scene, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbors said a few friends had gotten together at the home and a gun accidentally went off. They said the victim was a Franklin Central student.
The school was encouraging parents to talk with their children and reach out to school counselors as needed. Additional counselors have been assigned to the high school in the aftermath of the shooting, the school said in a news release, but the school schedule would not be changed.
Police haven't yet released the name of the victim. An autopsy is scheduled Wednesday.
Two teens were arrested after the shooting, according to police reports. Kevin Edwards, 18, faces a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness, and a 15-year-old boy was preliminarily charged with reckless homicide.
According to the Children's Defense Fund, 138 accidental shootings were reported for children and teens under age 20 nationwide in 2009, the most recent year available.
Of those, 66 were among ages 15-19.
Indiana alone saw 25 homicides for children and teens under age 20 in 2009. Figures do not show how many were accidental or specific to the 15-19 age group.
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