Elderly woman recovering after shooting on northeast side

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –  An elderly woman is recovering, after police say she was hit by a bullet while sitting on her porch.

It happened Thursday afternoon around 4:30.

Police say they first were called on multiple reports of shots fired in the area of 3300 Guilford Avenue.

When one officer arrived, he saw a person matching the description provided by dispatch, and got out of his car.

Police say the person fired at the officer, but didn’t hit him, and ran off.

Once officers established a perimeter, they found that elderly woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her arm in the 3300 block of North Carrollton.

She was taken to Eskenazi in stable condition.

Family tells 24-Hour News 8 she should be okay.

“She’s in a lot of pain, the bullet’s still in. Just uncomfortable,” said her great-granddaughter Terri Wells.

Wells said she was able to speak with her 89-year-old grandmother, Sally, who told her what happened.

“She was sitting on the porch, somebody walked by, and shot up the house. So they saw her sitting there. and just didn’t care,” said Wells.

She said her great-grandmother has lived in the area 50 years, has nine kids, and many grandkids and great grandkids.

“She’s been the momma of the neighborhood so to speak,” said Wells. “There are five generations; hopefully she’ll be around for more.”

Police were looking for two people of interest.

They say they found one of them near a home in the 3400 block of Guilford, who was transported to Eskenazi for treatment of a possible graze wound. He then was taken downtown for questioning.

Police say they haven’t yet detained a second person of interest.

Neighbors heard the gunshots, and say it’s a cause for concern.

“In my neighborhood. On my doorstep,” said neighbor Laurie Proffitt.

“Somebody said, oh it’s summer. No, it’s not summer. There are too many kids, who have too many guns. People are resorting to arguments and fighting with guns, instead of trying to talk about things,” she added.

Police said a motive for the shooting was not immediately clear. However, said it does not appear to be a random act of violence, but the investigation continues.

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