A 17-year-old boy from Indianapolis was charged with murder for shooting his father, stepmother, two teenage relatives and a 19-year-old pregnant woman in the family home, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Raymond Ronald Lee Childs III, arrested Monday, was charged with six homicides as an adult, including one death for the woman’s unborn child, Marion County Attorney Ryan Mears said at a news conference. The baby should be born in a week, he said.
Childs is also facing an attempted murder that injured another relative, a male youth who was the only survivor to survive the Sunday shooting at the family home in Indianapolis near the northeast side. He was also accused of carrying an unlicensed pistol.
Mears said Raymond Childs III had an argument with his father, 42-year-old Raymond Childs, prior to the shootings. “It seems certain that there was an argument between the father and son at the residence,” Mears said, adding that police are still investigating the nature of the argument.
The elder Raymond Childs, wife Kezzie Childs, 42, and two other relatives – Elijah Childs, 18) and Rita Childs, 13 – were pronounced dead along with Kiara Hawkins, 19) after they were found at the Marion County Coroner’s home said office had been. Hawkins, who Mears said had a relationship with someone who lived at home, was first taken to a nearby hospital, but both she and her unborn male child died despite life-saving efforts, authorities said.
Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor said the deadly shootings were the largest mass shootings in the city in more than a decade and represented “a different kind of evil” than violent drug-related crimes and “violence resulting from poverty or despair be driven “” That often leads to murders.
Despite being a teenager, Raymond Childs III was charged as an adult when he was 17, as state law states that anyone who is 16 or over will be charged as an adult if they are accused of certain criminal offenses, including murder and attempted to commit have murder.