Arrest made in mass shooting investigation

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Homicide detectives have arrested a suspect they believe was involved in a mass shooting Jan. 24. The identity of the male suspect has not been released because he is a juvenile. Just before 4 a.m. Jan. 24, IMPD officers responded to a report of a person shot at the […] The post Arrest made in mass shooting investigation appeared first on Indianapolis Recorder.

Arrest made in mass shooting investigation

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Homicide detectives have arrested a suspect they believe was involved in a mass shooting Jan. 24. The identity of the male suspect has not been released because he is a juvenile.

Just before 4 a.m. Jan. 24, IMPD officers responded to a report of a person shot at the 2200 block of East 36th Street where they found a juvenile male with gunshot wounds who was taken to a local hospital. IMPD later received information that led them to a house in the 2500 block of Adams Street. There, officers found five individuals with gunshot wounds, all of whom were deceased.

Kezzie and Raymond Childs, both 42, were killed alongside their two children, Elijah Childs, 18, and Rita Childs, 13. Kiara Hawkins, 19, and her unborn baby were also found dead in the home.

“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act,” IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement Jan. 25. “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. I am grateful for 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.”

The juvenile found injured on East 36th Street is expected to survive. It’s unclear what the juvenile’s connection is to the Childs family shooting.  At this stage in the investigation, detectives do not believe this was a random shooting. This incident was the largest mass casualty in Indianapolis in over a decade.

This story is ongoing and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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