Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating the deaths of four people who were found shot multiple times in a home that was broken into and ransacked.
The owner of a home called police around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday after she discovered the four victims, three woman and one man, officer Chris Wilburn said.
Televisions were toppled over in the home, which Wilburn said was “ransacked.” He said there were signs the suspect or suspects forced their way into the residence.
Police did not immediately say who the victims are or how they are connected to the female homeowner.
A crowd of people gathered in the neighborhood throughout the morning and afternoon waiting for information about the victims. Some cried and appeared anguished. One woman vomited on the street.
“Please bear with us,” Police Chief Rick Hite told the anxious group at one point.
Hite said investigators were treating the case as they would if the victims were their own family members, and slowly and carefully combing the home for clues.
Comforting his family members on the street, Charles Richardson said his sister was the person who discovered the victims. He said he was called to his sister’s house Tuesday morning, unsure of what he would find.
Police allowed him to cross the crime scene tape to be with his sister, who he said was distraught.
“I comforted her,” Richardson said, standing outside on his sister’s street.
But she couldn’t elaborate on what she saw, he said. Like the rest of the group, Richardson said he was waiting to learn who the victims are.
“We are praying,” he said.
Police initially described the shootings as “execution style,” but Hite later said that description was not accurate.
Investigators said each victim was shot multiple times, but would not say where they were hit.
“There were a significant amount of shots,” Wilburn said.
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SOURCE: USA Today, The Indianapolis Star, Madeline Buckley and Jill Disis