KEY POINTS

  • The pregnant woman was taken to a hospital where both she and her unborn child died, police said
  • There were no suspects till Sunday evening
  • Mayor Joe Hogsett called the shootings a “mass murder"

Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot dead on Sunday in what is being called an incident of “mass murder” in Indianapolis.
 
When Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called to look into the reports of a person shot around 4 a.m.,  the police officers came across "a juvenile male with apparent gunshot wounds," IMPD spokesman Shane Foley told reporters, according to CNN

The police then received information that led them to a nearby house where they found five people dead from apparent gunshot wounds. One of the victims was a pregnant woman and she was taken to a hospital where both she and her unborn child died despite lifesaving efforts, Foley was quoted as saying by The Associated Press

The juvenile male, who is thought to have been wounded in the same incident that killed the five people, is expected to survive, police said. 

There were no suspects in the case till Sunday evening. 

Mayor Joe Hogsett called the shootings a “mass murder,” and not “an act of simple gun violence." He has also asked for assistance in the investigation and contacted the FBI's Indianapolis field office, the local US Attorney's office and other law enforcement agencies, according to reports.

Foley also said that the “shooting does not appear to a random act” and added that there may be more than one shooter. 

Meanwhile, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said that the incident occurred days after the police department announced their efforts to "combat violent, drug-related crimes and violence driven by poverty or desperation,” according to The Associated Press. 

Taylor termed the incident as the "largest mass casualty shooting in the city in more than a decade" and urged the public to share any information they may have with the police. 

Earlier this month, the Chicago Police shot and killed a gunman after an exchange of gunfire. The gunman had killed three people and injured five.  

Last month, three people were killed when a U.S. Army sergeant opened fire in an Illinois bowling alley. Three others were wounded. The sergeant was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.  

Crime Representative image Photo: AFP / Johannes EISELE