On Monday February 13, 2023 at approximately 1:30 PM, East Chicago Police Officers were dispatched to 3932 Butternut Street in reference to a shooting, according to Chief Jose Rivera. Responding Officers were advised by dispatch that an 11 year old child was shot inside the house and that the 14 year old suspect was with the victim.
Upon Officers arrival they located the 11 year old male inside the Butternut Street address. The male juvenile was conscious and had a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, Rivera said. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to a Chicago area hospital in serious, but stable condition.
The 14 year old suspect was taken into custody and transported to St. Catherine Hospital to be cleared by medical personnel before being taken to the East Chicago Police Department.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting appears to be accidental. The Criminal Investigation and Crime Scene Division are currently on scene investigating the shooting and processing the scene.
Anyone with any information can contact The Criminal Investigation Division at 219-391-8318 or the anonymous tip line at 219-391-8500. You can also send anonymous tips to our ATLAS ONE / Cardinal Connect App.