Cops: Juvenile Arrested in Indianapolis Mass Murder

Five victims, including pregnant woman, were shot to death in home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2021 12:36 PM CST
Teen Suspect Arrested in Indianapolis Mass Murder
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department work the scene Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 in Indianapolis where five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot to death early Sunday inside an Indianapolis home.   (Justin L. Mack/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Three teenagers, one of them pregnant, were among five people shot dead in an Indianapolis home early Sunday—and police now believe the killer is also a teenager. Police said a male juvenile was arrested Monday in connection with the city's worst mass casualty shooting in more than a decade. They did not release the suspect's name or age, but WRTV reports that the suspect is a 17-year-old who faces charges including murder and attempted murder. A juvenile male injured in the shooting is expected to survive. "Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise," Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement Monday, per the Indianapolis Star.

"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 chief said, thanking the officers "who have worked tirelessly for the last 30 plus hours to bring justice for these victims, their friends and families, and our entire community." The coroner identified the victims Sunday as Kezzie Childs and Raymond Childs Jr., both 42; Elijah Childs, 18; Rita Childs, 13; Kiara Hawkins, 19; and Hawkins' unborn baby. Police, who have not disclosed a possible motive or the suspect's relationship to the victims, do not believe any other suspects were involved. (Read more Indianapolis stories.)

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