Crime Watch 8

IMPD: Child found safe after seen leaving scene of woman’s fatal shooting on southeast side

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Karen Leticia Castro Hernandez.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police have found a child who went missing from where a woman was shot and killed Saturday night on the city’s southeast side.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department around 7:11 p.m. Saturday were called to the 4400 block of Lickridge Court — that’s at the Sawmill Apartments just east of the interchange of interstates 465 and 65 — on a report of shots fired.

They arrived to find a woman inside an apartment with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound who emergency medical personnel pronounced dead at the scene, IMPD said.

Investigators believe the incident was domestic and that 7-year-old Marco Antonio Jimenes Castro, who was in the residence, was seen leaving in a four-door, gray vehicle.

Around 12:15 a.m. IMPD said that the child had been found safely. No other information was provided on the situation.

And an hour later, four people were found dead, including a child, after a woman found shot directed police to a home on the city’s near east side.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IMPD Missing Persons Unit at 317-327-6160, Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or dial 911.

Following Saturday night’s violence, Mayor Hogsett released the following statement:

As a community, our hearts break for the victims and the families impacted by senseless violence last night. Although we are grateful for the safe location of two children, we mourn the loss of those whose lives were cut short by two separate instances of domestic disputes that turned deadly.

Over the last year, we’ve seen far too many tragedies occur when the proliferation of guns has collided with interpersonal conflict. These challenges are not just threats to our public safety, but the well-being of our community. I remain committed to locking arms with neighborhood and religious leaders to address these generational dilemmas.

I urge anyone who has information about last night’s events to come forward, so that we may bring those responsible to justice.