An Indiana teen has died after he was struck by a bullet reportedly shot into the sky like a firework.
Noah Inman, 13, was playing basketball with friends July 1 in Hammond, just west of Gary, when he was hit in the head by a falling bullet and fell to the ground, according to news station WBBM.
Bystanders, unaware that he had suffered a gunshot wound, thought the boy was having a seizure and called an ambulance.
The local hospital determined that he was struck by a bullet shot by someone nearby into the air.
Noah was airlifted to Comer’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he died Friday afternoon from his injuries.
“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,” a statement from authorities said.
Police are still investigating the shooting and reminded residents that discharging a firearm within city limits is illegal.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Hammond Police at 219-852-2988.
A GoFundMe was created for the teen’s family when he was being treated in the hospital.