14-year-old Shot, Called Racial Slur While Walking Home

14-year-old Shot, Called Racial Slur While Walking Home

Fox 59 reports that an Indiana teen was shot and verbally assaulted while walking home from the grocery store.

by #teamEBONY, September 8, 2015

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14-year-old Shot, Called Racial Slur While Walking Home

A series of holiday weekend shootings on [Indianapolis'] west side has police officers looking at a possible connection. One of the crimes was caught on camera and another involved a 14-year-old boy who was shot while walking home from the grocery store.

That something was a bullet and it is still lodged in Zaragoza's back. Doctors decided to leave it in his back in fear of causing more damage.



"I didn't actually think it was a bullet until I saw the x-rays," said Zaragoza.

Friday, Zaragoza walked out of his neighborhood grocery store on the 4200 block of High School Road with his mom. They were on their way home when they heard what sounded like fireworks.

"Out of nowhere I heard a whistling, kind of like a bottle rocket then I felt something hit my side and I just lurched forward," said Zaragoza.

Witnesses say the shots came from a moving car. The suspected shooters drove past Brian and yelled an anti-Hispanic slur. "The fact that they yelled out a racial term and made it about that–obviously the intent there, in my opinion, is clear because they are specifying why they are shooting at this kid," said Carlos May, executive committee of the Indiana Latino Expo. Minutes earlier, just a few blocks from the spot where Zaragoza was shot, a Mexican taco stand was also the scene of a shooting. An SUV with an adult and two small children inside was shot at. Nobody was injured.





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