This past Monday, a minor was arrested for shooting five people to death — including a pregnant woman.
As the suspect is under 18, police have not released their name or any other identifying details according to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department in a press release.
“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise,” Chief Randal 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.”
The victims were identified by officials as 42-year-old Kezzie Childs, 42-year-old Raymond Childs, 18-year-old Elijah Childs, 13-year-old Rita Childs, and 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins. Hawkins was pregnant and died along with her child.
A sixth victim was discovered on a nearby street with gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital. He is expected to survive.
Police say the shooting “does not appear to [have been] random” and that the suspect is believed to have acted alone.
At a press conference last Sunday, Mayor Joe Hogsett said the shooting had wreaked “senseless terror” upon the community.
“What happened this morning is not an act of simple gun violence,” Hogsett said. “As tragic as a simple act of gun violence is, what happened this morning is a mass murder.”
Taylor described the incident as a “different kind of evil.”
“I myself am heartbroken for the lives that have been taken too soon, for the young life that’s forever been changed, and for the life that never got a chance to start,” Taylor said. “For the neighborhood left to pick up the pieces in the wake of unprecedented violence, and for all of the family and friends that have been rocked by grief.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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