INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Arsenal Tech High School student was shot in the shoulder Tuesday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said.
The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old William Alvies of Indianapolis. He was preliminarily charged with attempted murder.
The shooting happened around noon. Police said the 17-year-old female student was shot on North Oriental Street, off of school property.
The victim is believed to have been having an argument with Alvies in a school parking lot. Police said the two used to be in a relationship. After the argument, police said the victim ran out of the parking lot and Alvies chased her. They said he fired the shots at her while standing in the street. One of the bullets hit her shoulder.
The victim then ran onto school property and into an office to report the shooting.
Police said she was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in good condition.
Police tried to track down the Alvies but he was able to get away. A witness told 24-Hour News 8 she heard the shots then saw a man running north on Oriental Street towards a bridge looking over a creek. She said she saw him throw something into the creek bed before running between houses.
Police searched the creek bed and found a gun and Alvies’ shirt.
They said officer Mark Decker, a 30 year veteran with IMPD, ended up talking to his mother.
She then convinced her son to turn himself in, which he did without incident around 2:00 pm.
Officer Decker has worked in the east district for 24 years. IMPD said thanks to the positive relationships he’s built with the people in the area, the suspect for today’s crime was arrested.
Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee released a statement letting students and the public know this event will not change the good things happening at Arsenal Tech.
“I want to ensure the community doesn’t take today’s events out of context. Great things take place at Tech. This incident should in no way tarnish the amazing accomplishments associated with Arsenal Tech and the high-quality teaching and learning that happens here every day.”
Arsenal Tech was placed on lockdown after the shooting but it was lifted a few hours later. All after-school activities went on as planned.