A youth was also in critical condition after being shot dead in the incident which, according to Randal Taylor, chief of police for the Indianapolis metropolis, was Indianapolis’ “largest mass shooting in more than a decade”.
IMPD officers responded to a report from a person who was shot just before 4 a.m. Upon arrival, police came across “a young man with obvious gunshot wounds,” IMPD spokesman Shane Foley told reporters.
The officers then received information directing them to another residence less than a block away. There they found five people – including a pregnant woman – dead with “obvious gunshot wounds,” Foley said.
“Despite the best life-saving efforts of the medical staff, neither the female nor the unborn child survived,” he added. “The teenage man who was shot is expected to survive his injuries.”
Marion County Assistant Coroner Alfarena McGinty identified the victims as Kezzie Childs, 42; Raymond Childs, 42; Elijah Childs, 18; Rita Childs, 13; Kiara Hawkins, 19; and Hawkins’ baby.
While the investigation into IMPD is in its early stages, Foley said the multiple shooting “doesn’t seem like an accidental act”.
By Sunday afternoon, police said they had no named suspects in connection with the shootings, but believed that more than one shooter could have been involved.
“One or more people committed an evil act in our town this morning,” Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett told reporters. “As we learn more about the circumstances that led to this incident, I want to be very clear: What happened this morning was not an act of simple gun violence. … What happened this morning was mass murder.”
Hogsett said he is in contact with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana and the FBI Field Office in Indianapolis.
“Federal law enforcement is coming for you while I speak. Come for you today, come for you tonight, come for you tomorrow and the day after. Come for you while it takes to find you,” added Hogsett.
CNN’s Laura James contributed to this report.