Mom of teen shot at birthday party makes emotional plea

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A line of cameras faced DeAndra Yates as she sat inside IMPD’s homicide unit.

The mother made an emotional plea for her son’s shooter to turn himself in.

Her son is a 13-year-old honor roll student, who loves to play basketball. Yates says he attended a house party supervised by adults when some unruly guest fired shots into the house.

The bullets struck the teen in the chest leaving him in critical condition.

Police have made no arrest in this investigation as of Monday evening, and are now asking for leads.

“Keep your babies close to you,” Yates said during a press conference Monday.

During the presser, Yates did not want to release her sons name. She describe him as a loving big brother and as a child who has a lovable personality.

The victim’s father says he learned his son had been shot over the phone.

“Nobody wants to get that phone call at 12:30 a.m., that your child has been shot,” Gerald Keys said.

Police say there were adults inside during the party; however, investigators are still trying to get information from those inside the house.

“Somebody saw something,” Yates said.

Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite says more uniformed officers will soon patrol troubled areas in the city.

The department will pull officers assigned to event patrols and assign them to neighborhoods when they are not working on major events.

Event officers serve in various capacities like for the Indy 500, Circle City Classic and at Pacers and Colts game.

Hite said switching those officers will happen soon, but he gave no exact timeline. Nor did he say how many officers will be switched.

Police are asking anyone with tips to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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