EPD: Teen robbed & shot, potential suspects detained for questioning

EPD: Teen robbed & shot, potential suspects detained for questioning

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A teenager is in the hospital after being shot in Evansville on Thursday night.

Police say they were called to the 600 block of East Virginia Street around 5:30 p.m. for a person with a gunshot wound.

Investigators say a 15-year-old boy was shot in the alley behind the Virginia Food Market.

When they arrived, officers say they found a teen who had been shot through the chest.

According to authorities, the teen said he had been robbed and shot by four males who then fled east through an alley.

Officers responded quickly and say they found four males who matched the description of the shooters and detained them.

Officers say the potential suspects were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed by detectives.

Crime scene detectives responded to the scene to collect video and shell casings from the incident.

Officials say the victim was taken to the hospital where he immediately went into surgery.

They say the extent of his injuries are still unknown at this time.

John Hunsaker lives near the 700 block of East Virginia Street. He was home when an outside commotion caught his attention.

“I was sitting watching TV when I heard the pops,” Hunsaker recalled. “I didn’t think much of it because you hear it all the time.”

Shortly after, he says police and medics pulled up.

“Too many lights and everything, so I decided I better come out front and see what’s going on,” Hunsaker shared.

“I’m getting frustrated with it, I really am,” Hunsaker said.

Officers have been reviewing security footage and talking to those living in the area.

Hunsaker says shootings happen too frequently in his neighborhood and he stays awake until his wife, who works a late shift, gets home.

“It’s terrible when you have to wait up for her just to make sure she gets in the house okay,” Hunsaker added.

He would like to see more patrols in this area.

On Friday, EPD says no one is in custody in connection to the shooting. After the shooting, four potential suspects were detained and taken to EPD headquarters for questioning. All of them were released.

Sgt. Nick Winsett says one of those suspects could soon be facing charges.

“I know that there is one of the four potential suspects that they were talking to, that they’re looking at charging. But right now, no one is in custody in connection with this. Again, we are concentrating on one potential suspect at this time who is a juvenile as well,” said Sgt. Winsett.

EPD: Teen robbed & shot, potential suspects detained for questioning

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