Juvenile Arrested in Accidental Shooting on Downtown Indianapolis
A juvenile male has been arrested in what IMPD is calling an accidental shooting early Sunday morning.
Police were called to the Marriott Hotel parking garage in the 600 block of West Washington Street just after 3:00 on a report of a person shot. When they arrived, officers found 17-year-old Darnell Franklin suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his back. Franklin was taken to Wishard Memorial hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Investigators say Franklin and five others drove in the same car to the hotel to meet some female friends. While they were still in the car, one of the passengers in the back seat reached down to pick up a gun from the floorboard of the car with his finger on the trigger and accidentally shot Franklin in the back.
The juvenile male was arrested and faces a felony charge of reckless homicide and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license. He is being held in the Juvenile Detention center and it is unknown if he will be waived to adult court.
Police say the people in the car were not participating in any Indiana Black Expo events, but came downtown after the events were over.
"As we progressed into this investigation it became clear that we were facing challenges in terms of parental responsibility and guidance," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "We need to pursue open discussions with the community about handguns, youth violence and curfew laws to combat this crisis."