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Five people shot outside funeral home Indianapolis four-year-old who is critically injured

Five people are shot, including four-year-old girl who is critically injured, in parking lot outside Indianapolis funeral home

  • Indianapolis Police is investigating a shooting that saw five people get shot 
  • When officers arrived they found three victims including a 16-year-old girl, a man, and a four-year-old girl
  • The youngster was transported to the hospital in critical condition while the other two were said to be stable
  • Another two people walked into a nearby hospital also with gunshot wounds
  • The shooting happened in the parking lot of a funeral home at about 4:30pm
  • A funeral service was taking place inside the home at the time of the shooting

Indianapolis police are investigating a shooting at a funeral home that has left a four-year-old girl in critical condition.

Four other people were also shot and injured during the incident which happened on Saturday afternoon at around 4:30pm.

Police say a funeral service was occurring inside the funeral home at the time when shots were fired in the parking lot outside. 

Indianapolis Police is investigating a shooting that saw five people get shot including a four-year-old girl

The shooting occurred outside a funeral home on Saturday afternoon at around 4:30pm

The shooting occurred outside a funeral home on Saturday afternoon at around 4:30pm

Police say a funeral service was occurring at the Sprowl funeral home when shots were fired in the parking lot outside

Police say a funeral service was occurring at the Sprowl funeral home when shots were fired in the parking lot outside

Police officers were called to Sprowl Funeral & Cremation Care, follow reports of a shooting according to CBS4. 

Several of the victims who were shot had been attending the funeral service. Cops pointed out the service was not taking place for any individual involved in violent crimes.

‘It’s a shame. Here we are at a funeral home … the next thing you know we have more people injured,’ Genea Cook, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Police said.

 ‘We need to think about our actions. We need to think about the things that we do.

‘We’re mentors. We are what the children are watching. They see our actions, so if this is your action, they’re going to see that and they’re going to do that. So be the mentor that you want them to grow up to be, be that person.’ 

The shooting happened in the parking lot of a funeral home at about 4:30pm

The shooting happened in the parking lot of a funeral home at about 4:30pm

The area around the funeral home was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape

The area around the funeral home was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape

'We need to think about our actions. We need to think about the things that we do. 'We're mentors. We are what the children are watching,' said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Genae Cook, pictured

‘We need to think about our actions. We need to think about the things that we do. ‘We’re mentors. We are what the children are watching,’ said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Genae Cook, pictured

Officers first came across a 16-year-old girl who had been hit. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in stable condition while a man who was struck was taken to St. Vincent Hospital, also in stable condition.

A four-year-old girl was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Two other people ended up walking into the city’s Methodist Hospital also both suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The pair are both said to be in stable condition.

All the victims were in the parking lot of the funeral home

All the victims were in the parking lot of the funeral home

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. that the 1100 block of W 30th St. was roped off for an active investigation

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. that the 1100 block of W 30th St. was roped off for an active investigation

Police have revealed that prior to the shooting, a man got out of his car and walked over to another vehicle in the parking lot of the funeral home. 

The pair ended up arguing and it resulted in the shooting.  

Everyone who was wounded in the incident was in the parking lot of the funeral home. 

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement following the shooting calling it ‘a cowardly act.’: 

‘This afternoon our community witnessed yet another violent incident, this time with multiple victims including a young child. Tonight our thoughts are with all those impacted, including those injured in the shooting, their families, and a neighborhood scarred by a cowardly act. 

‘Far too many residents have borne the consequences of the combination of firearms and failed conflict resolution and I join a frustrated community in calling for an end to this cycle of violence. IMPD and the City of Indianapolis will continue to try every solution, incorporate every best practice we can. But we cannot do it alone. 

‘It will take neighbors sharing information, supporting those who are hurting, intervening when someone is headed down a dangerous path. I urge anyone with information on this incident to share what they know and contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.’ 

The doors to one of the cars in which victims were traveling inside were fully open

The doors to one of the cars in which victims were traveling inside were fully open

No shots were fired inside the funeral home. Police said that the service was not for a person related to any past violent crimes

No shots were fired inside the funeral home. Police said that the service was not for a person related to any past violent crimes

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