KIPP Legacy High School student fatally shot near school identified

A building that says “KIPP Indy Legacy High” in the background, with cars and people standing near them in the foreground.
Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy for his alleged role in the shooting of KIPP Legacy High School student Devin Gilbert III. (Amelia Pak-Harvey / Chalkbeat)

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The KIPP Legacy High School student shot and killed near the school on Friday afternoon has been identified as 15-year-old Devin Gilbert III, according to the Marion County coroner’s office. 

Gilbert was shot as he was walking home from school just before 1 p.m., the Indianapolis  Metropolitan Police Department and the school said Friday. Police said the shooting was a targeted incident and no other people were injured.

IMPD homicide detectives announced on Friday night the arrest of a 15-year-old for his alleged role in the shooting, but did not release the name of the suspect. The Marion County prosecutor’s office will make the final charging decision, police said. 

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said charges will have to be filed in juvenile court due to the age of the suspect. 

Since Gilbert’s death Friday, at least two more teenagers were shot and killed in the city over the weekend, according to the Indianapolis Star

Legacy High School planned to have on-site support available for students and staff on Monday to help them process the tragedy, the school said in a statement on Friday. 

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Larry Craciunoiu at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or send an email to Larry.Craciunoiu@indy.gov. People who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. 

Amelia Pak-Harvey covers Indianapolis and Lawrence Township schools for Chalkbeat Indiana. Contact Amelia at apak-harvey@chalkbeat.org

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