Police seek clues in early-morning shooting


GREENFIELD — Yellow crime-scene tape blocked off both directions of Noble Street on Thursday, Oct. 7, marking the area of an early-morning shooting involving a teenage boy who was taken to an Indianapolis hospital.

Investigators with the Greenfield Police Department are searching for answers about events leading up to the shooting in what is usually a quiet residential neighborhood in the middle of the city.

Capt. Chuck McMichael, public information officer with the GPD, said police are calling the shooting a criminal investigation.

Officials do not, however, believe there is a threat to the public. Late Thursday, detectives were still interviewing potential witnesses as well as working to identify a suspect.

“We are conducting interviews trying to determine a suspect, but no suspect has been identified at this time,” McMichael said.

The shooting took place around 6:40 a.m. at a home in the 800 block of North Noble Street. Officers arrived and found a 15 year-old male suffering from what appeared to be at least one gunshot wound, McMichael said.

Initial reports described the incident as a possible drive-by shooting. By late Thursday, that had been ruled out.

“This does not appear to have been a drive-by shooting as initially reported,” McMichael said.

It was unclear to investigators whether the teenager was shot outside the residence or inside.

“We’re still trying to determine that,” McMichael said.

The boy was transported to an Indianapolis-area hospital by medics from the Greenfield Fire Territory. Officials would not release the name of the victim due to his age but said he is still in the hospital listed in stable condition.

McMichael also noted they were getting conflicting reports about where the teenager was struck.

“We’ve got some information from the first officers on scene and some different information from the hospital that does not say definitively where he was hit,” McMichael said.

Those who live in the area are encouraged to check home camera systems for any suspicious activity before and after 6:40 a.m. Anyone who discovers footage associated with the incident that could help the investigation should contact Detective Lt. Nichole Gilbert at 317-325-1221 or by email at [email protected].