This is a different kind of evil’ said police after unknown persons shot dead five people inside an Indianapolis home early Sunday
The victims of the ‘mass murderers’ including a pregnant woman and her unborn son, all shot to death inside their home in an apparent targeted attack
A juvenile male believed to be seventh person connected to the attack is hospitalized in critical condition
Cops annunced Monday that a 17-year-old boy was in custody, but did not identify him because of his age
The suspect is said to be a member of the family
Sgt. Shane Foley of the IMPD said officers responding to reports of a male shot in the northeast part of the city around 4am Sunday, first encountered the juvenile with gseriuos gunshot injuries
They young boy with gunshot wounds on a road nearby officers to the house where the adult victims were found
Raymond Childs Jr, 42, and Kezzie Childs, 42, were found dead along with their son Elijah Childs, 18, and daughter Rita Childs, 13
The fifth fatality was pregnant 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, who was taken to an area hospital, where both she and her unborn baby boy died
IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said police believe the deadly shootings were not random, but were a targeted attack carried out by an assailant or assailants
A juvenile suspect was arrested Monday in connection to what Indianapolis police described as a “mass murder” that left six people, including an unborn child, dead and a seventh person wounded early Sunday. The 17-year-old male suspect is said to be a member of the family.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did not identify the juvenile suspect wo was arrested by Monday morning because of his age.
Detectives do not believe any additional persons were involved.
Six people, including a pregnant woman, were shot to death early Sunday inside an Indianapolis home in an apparent targeted attack, the city’s police chief said, decrying the ‘mass murder’ killings as a ‘different kind of evil.’
The victims were identified by Marion County Coroner as Raymond Childs Jr, 42, and his wife Kezzie Childs, also 42.
The couple were found dead along with their 18-year-old son Elijah Childs and daughter Rita Childs, 13. Also killed was a pregnant 19-year-old woman Kiara Hawkins, whose unborn baby boy also died.
An unidentified juvenile male suffering gunshot and injuries was the first person police found related to the attack.
Officers of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, responding to a reports of a person shot fatal shootings the city’s near northeast side about 4am on Sunday first discovered a juvenile male with gunshot wounds, which led to the discovery of the fatal shootings said Sgt. Shane Foley with the IMPD on Sunday.
The mass shooting happened at two separate addresses early Sunday morning and did not appear to be random, authorities said. Police first responded before 4 a.m. to the 3300 block of E. 36th Street to a report of a person shot.
That’s where officers located a juvenile male with apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive his injuries, police said.
Officers later “received information” that led them to a residence in the 3500 block of Adams Street, where five individuals were found with apparent gunshot wounds.
All were deceased, but, because one individual was pregnant, she was transported to an area hospital. Despite the best life-saving efforts provided
by medical staff, both the woman and the unborn baby boy did not survive.
Foley said the juvenile initially found with gunshot wounds is expected to survive and police believe he was wounded in the shootings that left the five others dead, along with the unborn child.
IMPD Chief Randal Taylor in his first press briefing on the killings said police believed the deadly shootings were not random, but were a targeted attack carried out by an assailant or assailants. At a news conference he said, ‘What we saw this morning was a different kind of evil. What happened this morning, based on the evidence that’s been gathered so far, was mass murder,’ Taylor said at a news conference. ‘More than that, we believe it was not random’.
The shooting came days after police department officials had announced their latest efforts to combat violent, drug-related crimes and ‘violence driven by poverty or desperation,’ Taylor said.
‘But what we saw this morning was a different kind of evil. What happened this morning, based on the evidence that’s been gathered so far, was mass murder,’ Taylor said at a news conference.
‘More than that, we believe it was not random.’
Taylor said it was largest mass casualty shooting in the city in more than a decade, and urged the public to contact police and pass along any information they might have on the killings.
Mayor Joe Hogsett who called the shootings ‘mass murder,’ said that an individual or individuals had brought ‘terror to our community.’
Hogsett said he had contacted officials with the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, the local U.S. Attorneys office and other law enforcement agencies for assistance in the shooting investigation.
‘I want those responsible to know that the full might of local, state and federal law enforcement are coming for them as I speak,’ he said.The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency responded to assist in identifying and collecting potential forensic evidence.
After the suspect was taken into custody on Monday police Chief Randal Taylor issued the following statement: “Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise,” Chief Taylor said.
“While removing the alleged perpetrator of yesterday’s mass murder from our neighborhoods does not bring back the lives senselessly lost, hopefully, it will bring us one step closer to healing as a community.
He continued, “I am grateful to all of the IMPD officers and criminal justice partners who have worked tirelessly for the last 30 plus hours to bring justice for these victims, their friends and families, and our entire community.
“I ask community members to join me in praying for the continued recovery of the young man whose life has been forever changed.”
After the Marion County Coroner’s Office determine’s the exact manner and cause of death, the County Prosecutors Office will review the case and determine a final charging decision.