July 9, 2017-Hammond Police have confirmed that a 13 year old boy who was struck by stray gunfire on July 2, 2017 has passed away. The tragic incident began when a group of children were playing basketball in the 7300 block of Harrison Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m. Police and emergency medical services were summoned to the area after the boy “suddenly fell down.” According to police, witnesses on scene thought the boy was having a seizure. It was not until the boy arrived at the hospital that it was discovered he had been struck by a bullet according to Hammond Police.
The family of the boy, identified only as Noah in a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money for his medical expenses the family told supporters and well wishers that Noah had passed:
We are saddened to say our sweet Noah passed away this afternoon after fighting his injuries for the last 7 days. He was surrounded by family who love him dearly. He fought hard and we know he is finally at peace. Thank you all for your contributions as they will be used to help his parents pay for medical expenses and memorial services. Please continue to keep Noah and your family in your prayers.
Hammond Police also released a statement this morning on the tragic incident:
“The Hammond Police Department would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the
Inman family. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead,
and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our hearts go out to you in your
time of sorrow. When reason fails, pray for peace. We will be praying with you.”
Police believe that the boy was struck after someone recklessly fired a gun into the air. Chief Doughty issued a terse warning to anyone who would engage in such reckless conduct and at least one unrelated arrest was made subsequent to this shooting.