A teenager has been arrested in connection with a Sunday mass murder in Indianapolis that left five people and an unborn child dead.
The juvenile was involved in the massacre that took the lives of Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs Jr, 42, their 18-year-old son Elijah, 13-year-old daughter Rita, 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, and her unborn child “Baby Boy Hawkins,” police said in a statement.
The victims were found riddled with gunshot wounds at a home on the city’s northeast side Sunday morning.
A sixth victim – a teenage boy – is in critical condition but is expected to survive his gunshot wounds, police said.
“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 tweet.
“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,” Taylor continued.
The suspect’s name has not been released because of his age. It appears he acted alone in the targeted attack, officials said. A motive has not been released.
It was the “largest mass casualty shooting” in Indianapolis in over a decade, Taylor said.
The crime left neighbors saddened and searching for answers.
“To take a whole family out like that…I just don’t understand,” Vicki Pinkston told WTHR.
Pinkston, who lives across the street from the crime scene, said she recently dropped off a few baby items for the expectant mother.
“I had just given them some stuff from my great-grandson when he was born, but he is bigger now. The baby was due next month,” Pinkston said, according to the station.
Pinkston said the family was “so sweet.”
“Oh lord, they say: ‘Hi, Miss, Vicki’ all the time,” she told FOX59.
The mass murder comes as Indianapolis reels from its most violent year on record.
Indiana’s largest city recorded 245 homicides in 2020, according to the Indianapolis Star.