Early Sunday morning, Indianapolis recorded the largest mass shooting in more than a decade. Five people and an unborn child were killed in a horrific crime that saddened a community that had just lived through the deadliest year in the city’s history.
Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs, 42, Elijah Childs, 18, Rita Childs, 13, and Kiara Hawkins, 19 and the unborn child of Hawkins were pronounced dead after being found in a home in the 3500 block of Adams Street, according to Sgt. Shane Foley of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Investigators were led to the grisly crime scene around 4 a.m., after making contact with a juvenile male, whose age police didn’t disclose, found suffering from gunshot wounds just footsteps away in the 3300 block of East 36th Street, between Keystone Avenue and Sherman Drive.
It is believed that the boy was wounded in the Adams Street incident. If so, he is the only recorded survivor at this time. No motive or suspect information has been released. However, IMPD Police Chief Randal Taylor said police believes the victims were targeted by one or more people.
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There are still more questions than answers a day after the shooting occur. Here’s what we know.
Who did it?
Police haven’t released any suspects’ names. Chief of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Randal Taylor said police investigators believe there could be multiple shooters.
Who were the victims?
The Marion County Coroner’s Office have identified the victims as Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs, 42, Elijah Childs, 18, Rita Childs, 13, and Kiara Hawkins, 19 and the unborn child of Hawkins. Their relationship to each other has not been disclosed.
What motivated the shooters?
Mayor Joe Hogsett said he doesn’t know the motives for the shooter or shooters and said that would be part of the police investigation.
What was the relationship between the shooter or shooters and victims?
Police said they don’t know at this point.
What happens next?
Taylor said the next step for police is to identify and arrest those who perpetuated this crime. But long term, police need to work with communities to identify ways to reduce violence, he said. “But you know our murder numbers were high last year. We don’t want to see that repeat this year,” Taylor said.
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