GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy waiting at a suburban Indianapolis school bus stop with other students was fatally shot Thursday morning by an assailant who fled the scene on foot, police said.
The shooting about 7 a.m. prompted officials to place nearby schools on lockdown in Greenwood, a city just south of Indianapolis where in July a 20-year-old man shot five people, three fatally, in a mall’s food court before an armed shopper fatally shot him.
Greenwood Assistant Chief Matthew Fillenwarth said the shooting occurred at a bus stop in the Summerfield Housing addition as the shooting victim, a sophomore at Whiteland Community High School, was waiting there with several other students. He said the assailant approached, wearing a black hoodie.
“The suspect came running up towards the victim and the other witnesses ran. The victim was shot multiple times by the suspect,” Fillenwarth said at a briefing, adding that the suspect fled on foot.
Fillenwarth said police were using a helicopter and drones to search for the suspect. He said the police believe the shooting victim appears to have been “targeted by the suspect specifically.”
After the shooting the victim’s mother, grandmother and other relatives went to the shooting scene.
Fillenwarth said the Greenwood Police Department was working with law enforcement from Johnson County, Indiana State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the shooting.