Update: Shortly after 10:30 p.m. The Abilene Police Department made an arrest near Little Elm Apartments in connection to the shooting, but do not believe the individual is the shooter.
Around 11:00 p.m. the SWAT team was called in to search a house on 5300 block of N. 9th. The shooting happened outside the house that was searched. No one was found inside.
Police are investigating a shooting near North 9th Street and Plaza in North Abilene.
Two children are in the hospital. Authorities say the 12-year-old is in critical condition. They are not releasing the gender of the injured children.
Just after 5:30p.m. Monday afternoon police said two children, who had been shot, arrived at Hendrick Medical Center.
Police and detectives swarmed the neighborhood of N. 9th and Plaza Street about 30 minutes later trying to piece together how the shooting happened.
Officers detained several minors for questioning.
At this point, police are releasing little information about the crime but said shots were fired outside this house on the 5000 block of N. 9th.
"The shots were fired from someone standing out here at the car as it was fleeing the scene," said Sgt. Lynn Beard, with the Abilene Police Department.
Two children, a 12-year-old and 8-year-old who were riding in the back seat were shot.
The 12-year-old is said to be in critical condition. The 8-year-old does not have life threatening injuries.
The adults in the vehicle were taken into police custody.
"At this point we're following several leads, we do not have a suspect in custody. We do not have an identity of one yet. However all of our resources have been deployed to this situation,"said Beard.
Neighbors in this community, who didn't want to go on camera, said this area is prone to violence and drugs.
Monday night, police were focused on finding who is responsible for such an awful crime.
"Anytime there is a child hurt like this,while we work all cases the same, this takes a different emotional toll," said Sgt. Beard.
Police said the last time they remember an incident like this was in January 2007, when 4-year-old Janie De La Paz was killed in a drive by shooting at her home on Mulberry Street.