INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A 17-year-old boy from Indianapolis accused of fatally shooting his father, stepmother, two teenage relatives and a heavily pregnant 19-year-old woman in his home was charged with six homicides on Thursday and prosecutors and prosecutors Court documents.
Raymond Ronald Lee Childs III, who was arrested in the shootings the previous Monday, was charged as an adult, Marion County Attorney Ryan Mears said. One of the six murders was the death of the unborn child, Mears said.
“Not only have so many people lost their lives, you’re thinking about this family and what they expected – the baby was due in a week,” Mears said during a news conference.
Childs is also facing an attempted murder that injured another relative, a 15-year-old boy who, according to court records, was the only survivor of the Indianapolis shooting near the northeast side. He was also accused of carrying an unlicensed pistol.
In Indiana, a person 16 years of age or older will be charged as an adult if they are charged with certain criminal offenses, including murder and attempted murder.
During his first hearing on Thursday afternoon, a judge ordered that children be detained without attachment and appointed a public defender. The Associated Press left a message requesting comment from this attorney.
Childs had an argument with his father before the shootings, Mears said.
“The argument started with a conversation about someone going out or out of residence and somehow sneaking out of the house,” Mears said.
Authorities were still trying to determine what happened between the late night argument and the shootings at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
Raymond Childs Jr., his wife Kezzie Childs, 42, and two other relatives – Elijah Childs, 18) and Rita Childs, 13 – were pronounced dead in the house, the Marion County coroner office said. 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, who Mears said had a relationship with someone at home, was rushed to hospital, but she and her unborn son died despite life-saving efforts, authorities said.
Mears said in a press release that Raymond Childs Jr. was the suspect’s father and Kezzie Childs was his stepmother. He did not explain the relationships between the other victims.
Following an affidavit, relatives and friends told the police that Hawkins was Elijah Childs’ friend and that she also lived at home.
The 15-year-old boy, who survived the shooting, told police that Raymond Childs III was his brother and that his sibling shot him while he fled the house to escape gunfire, the affidavit said . He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and had an operation.
He also told police that his mother, father, brother Elijah Childs and younger sister, identified only as “RC” in the affidavit, were in the house with Hawkins when the shooting started.
The teenager told officials that Childs “got into trouble that night for leaving the house without permission”.
Mears said two firearms were used in the shootings. A 9-millimeter pistol was recovered from the scene and a second firearm was found when Childs was taken into custody at a relative’s home. According to the affidavit, detectives found that both guns had been fired in the house where the murders took place.
Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor has described the murders as the largest mass shooting of victims in the city in more than a decade. He said in a statement Thursday that he was grateful to his officials, Mears, and prosecutors for their work on the case, and urged the community to rally around the surviving teen “as he comes to terms with unimaginable losses got to”.
This story has been corrected to show that Raymond Ronald Lee Childs III is accused of shooting his father, stepmother, two teenage relatives, and a pregnant woman who was related to someone in the apartment, rather than that he is accused of fatally shooting his parents, two teenage siblings and his 18-year-old brother’s pregnant girlfriend, based on information released by prosecutors.
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