Gunfire rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood over the weekend, leaving six people dead, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, The Associated Press reported.
Law enforcement arrived at the location early Sunday morning in response to reports of a juvenile shooting victim, who is expected to survive despite being in critical condition, according to police.
After police investigated the incident, they were dispatched to another nearby residence after being alerted to the presence of multiple shooting victims there, local news affiliate WXIN reported.
“A different kind of evil”
Indiana Metropolitan Police Sgt. Shane Foley explained that upon reaching the home, officers were confronted by a “mass murder” scene, something he characterized as a “different kind of evil.”
Kezzie Childs and Raymond Childs, both 42 years of age were, among the deceased. So were teenagers Elijah Childs, Rita Childs and Kiara Hawkins.
Rita Childs was just 13 years old, and 19-year-old Hawkins was pregnant. Hawkins and her unborn baby both died after being taken to hospital.
Indiana Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor called the incident a “mass murder.”
Gun violence increasing
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the murders were a “terror to our community” and that he was seeking assistance from the FBI. “This morning, one or more individuals perpetrated an act of evil in our city,” he declared.
“While we’re still learning more about the circumstances that led to this incident, I want to be very clear about something: What happened this morning was not an act of simple gun violence. … What happened this morning was a mass murder,” Hogsett said.
On Monday, Chief Taylor announced that a break in the case had been made, resulting in the arrest of an unnamed 17-year-old suspect.
“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act,” he said. “Today, we delivered on that promise. 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.”