16-year-old boy shot and killed at suburban Indianapolis bus stop
GREENWOOD, Indiana — Authorities have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy who was shot Thursday morning while waiting at a school bus stop in suburban Indianapolis by an assailant who fled the scene in foot, officials said.
The shooting around 7 a.m. Thursday prompted officials to place nearby schools under quarantine in Greenwood, a town just south of Indianapolis, where in July a 20-year-old man shot and killed five people, three of them fatally, in the mall food court in front of an armed shopper. fatally shot him.
Greenwood Deputy Chief Matthew Fillenwarth said the shooting happened Thursday at a bus stop in the Summerfield Housing addition. The shooting victim, a sophomore at Whiteland Community High School, identified by the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation as Temario Stokes Jr., was waiting there with several other students when he was shot. Fillenwarth said the attacker approached wearing a black hoodie.
“The suspect ran towards the victim and the other witnesses ran. The victim was shot multiple times by the suspect,” Fillenwarth told a briefing, adding that the suspect fled on foot.
After a search that included the use of a helicopter and drones, authorities arrested an 18-year-old man on a preliminary charge of murder, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Fillenwarth said police believe the shooting victim appeared to have been “targeted specifically by the suspect”.
After the shooting, the mother, grandmother and other relatives of the victim went to the scene of the shooting.
Fillenwarth said the Greenwood Police Department is working with Johnson County law enforcement, Indiana State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives to investigate the shooting.