Indianapolis Police have made an arrest in the Sunday morning murders of six people on the east side of the city.
The person’s name and picture are not being released at this time because that person is underage, said Sgt. Shane Foley, with IMPD’s North District.
Police do not believe any other shooters were involved. They did not release any additional identifying information about the person they arrested.
Shot and killed about 4 a.m. Sunday, were Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs, 42, Elijah Childs, 18, Rita Childs, 13, Kiara Hawkins, 19, and the unborn child of Kiara Hawkins.
“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise,” said Taylor. “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.”
Police believe there may not have been much they could have done to prevent the murders.
“The mayor and the council have done a great job giving us the staff that we need and officers that we need, but we can’t be everywhere at the same time to prevent these things,” said Indianapolis Metro Police Chief Randal Taylor, at Sunday’s news conference on the murders. “Unfortunately until we can get over peoples’ desire to shoot and kill, then we’re gonna have problems.
Mayor Joe Hogsett echoed Taylor’s comments.
“Absent having a police officer in every home in our community, given what I understand the investigators are finding, I’m not sure there’s any particular thing we could have done,” he said.
Hogsett referred back to he and Taylor’s public safety plan for 2021.
“They are designated to address crimes of passion, crimes of retaliation, crimes of self-defense, crimes of desperation,” he said. “What occurred this morning (Sunday) in our city, based on the evidence that has been gathered so far, was nothing short of a mass murder.”
Hogsett said he believes that’s different from the other types of crimes that he mentioned, which he and the chief said are largely responsible for the high number of homicides in 2021.
“It is a completely different thing for a trigger puller or perhaps several trigger pullers, to walk into one home and kill six people.”