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Juvenile arrested after six killed in shooting; no other suspects believed to be involved

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a suspect in the Adams Street homicide case.

IMPD says a juvenile suspect has been arrested in the case. IMPD does not believe any other suspects were involved.

IMPD initially responded to the 3300 block of East 36th Street on a report of a person shot. Officers found a juvenile boy who had been shot. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. The boy who was shot and the suspect are not the same person, according to IMPD.

Further investigation led officers to a home in the 3500 block of Adams Street. Six shooting victims at that location died.

Kezzie Childs, 42; Raymond Childs Jr., 42; Elijah Childs, 18; Rita Childs, 13; and Kiara Hawkins, 19, and her unborn son died in the shooting.

Hawkins was transported to a hospital alive but neither her nor her unborn son were able to survive the shooting.

“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise,” IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement. “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. I am grateful to all of the IMPD officers and criminal justice partners who have worked tirelessly for the last 30 plus hours to bring justice for these victims, their friends and families, and our entire community. I ask community members to join me in praying for the continued recovery of the young man whose life has been forever changed.”

IMPD has not released the juvenile’s name, age or mugshot.

On Sunday, Taylor called it “the largest mass casualty shooting in more than a decade” in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued this statement:

“Today’s announcement is the first step toward justice for the senseless acts that cut short the lives of six of our neighbors in the early hours of Sunday morning. While nothing can bring back the Childs family, I hope that the swift action of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department offers some comfort to all of those who have been left to grapple with this tragic loss. My thanks go to the men and women of IMPD whose thoughtful investigative work led to the arrest of the suspect, and my prayers are with the family, friends, and community impacted by this devastating act of violence.”

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett