Teen who brought handgun to Quality Inn hotel where Elkhart boy was shot could be charged in juvenile court

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A teenager who brought a handgun to a Roseland hotel where a 13-year-old Elkhart boy was shot in the face over the weekend may eventually face charges in juvenile court. 

The boy who was injured in the shooting Sunday morning, Dec. 20, at the Quality Inn on S.R. 933 is now recovering at home, FOX 28 reported.

Assistant Chief Bill Thompson with the St. Joseph County Police Department said about eight to 10 teens aged 13 to 19 were in the hotel room at the time of the shooting, FOX 28 reported. The room may have been rented out by a parent for a teenager’s birthday party.

At some point when the teens were alone without an adult, someone showed up at the party with a handgun and it was fired, hitting the boy in the jaw, Thompson told FOX 28.

“The juvenile that was injured actually had told his mother he was spending the night somewhere else,” Thompson said.

Police are still investigating, but Thompson said the person who brought the gun could be charged in juvenile court. Officers are still working to determine how the person got the gun.

Parents of the children are cooperating with the investigation.