CARLISLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An Indiana teen was shot and killed early Thursday morning in Carlisle, Ind,. during a large gathering of two separate groups, according to Indiana State Police.
The victim has been identified as Mezmariah L. Wilson, 15, of Shelburn, Ind. According to ISP Sgt. Matt Ames, the shooting happened at 12:01 a.m. at the corner of Lewis and Ledgerwood streets.
Police told MyWabashValley.com that it was believed that “an altercation was going to occur” at that place; however, an individual soon fired multiple shots into the opposing group and hit Wilson, Ames said.
“We believe this was a very isolated incident. The reason there were two large groups meeting at this intersection last night us they were here to have an altercation between the parties. I’m not sure what the disagreement was,” Ames added.
Ames adds the ages of those involved in the gathering range from juvenile to adult.
Wilson was taken to Sullivan County Community Hospital and then flown to a hospital in Indianapolis, where she was pronounced dead. Ames said an investigation is underway. No one is in custody, but police say there is no threat to the public.
As police work potential leads, Teresa Wilson, Mezmariah’s grandmother, is seeking justice for her family.
“Please turn yourselves in,” Wilson tearfully said. “You took a granddaughter, daughter, cousin, and an aunt away from someone too soon,”
Mary Ballard lives just feet away from where the shooting happened. She helped Wilson after she was shot and recalls how quickly things escalated.
“I heard screaming and came out to my porch to see what was happening. It really didn’t seem much faster than two minutes, I was kind of watching the people that were yelling, I couldn’t see the other people they were yelling at,” Ballard said. “I hear gunshots and that was it,”
A resident of Carlisle for nearly two decades, Ballard says this kind of crime is unusual.
“Very, very rare. This is a pretty quiet place. This is a very isolated incident,” Ballard said.
Officers are seeking assistance in identifying two persons of interest with regards to this shooting. ISP have identified two men potentially involved in the incident and are asking that the public help identify and locate them.
Anyone with information that could help identify the two individuals pictured below should call the Putnamville State Police Post at (800) 225-8576 or (765) 653-4114.