The emergency room at Indianapolis' Wishard Hospital sees its fair share of gun shot victims, both teenagers and adults. Y-Press visited Wishard to learn about programs for victims that aim to prevent them from ending up in the E.R. a second time. Elizabeth Papandria, 13, has this report.
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One young man who grew up in a rough Indianapolis neighborhood said he never expected to get shot.
DOMINICK: I got shot from behind at the gas station, doing stuff I shouldn’t be doing.
Bullets hit Dominick, an 18-year-old, in multiple places.
DOMINICK: in my neck, in my back, in my arms, and right in my chest.
His name is changed to protect his identity.
He was taken to the emergency room at Wishard Hospital and treated for his wounds. He was assigned a counselor from the Youth Violence Reduction Team, which helps young victims of violence get back on their feet.
Seven months ago, while picking his brother up from the bus stop, Dominick was shot a second time. It was after this shooting that he actually began coming to Wishard to see his cou...
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The emergency room at Indianapolis' Wishard Hospital sees its fair share of gun shot victims, both teenagers and adults. Y-Press visited Wishard to learn about programs for victims that aim to prevent them from ending up in the E.R. a second time. Elizabeth Papandria, 13, has this report.OUTRO:
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