INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD investigated its third double shooting of the day on Sunday. The violence led to one person being killed and five others being injured all within the department's Northwest District.
At around 10:30 p.m., officers were called to a shooting on the near northwest side in the area of West 30th Street and Kessler Boulevard North Drive.
When officers arrived, they found two people about a block away, near the intersection of Lafayette Road and Kessler. Both had been shot. Two kids were found unharmed in the backseat of the car, police said.
IMPD has not released any details on the condition of the two people shot beyond confirmed that they were both "awake and breathing" when taken to a local hospital.
Authorities have not shared their names or what may have led to the shooting.
One bullet also struck a house in the incident, police said.
Detectives were canvassing the area for any additional information or surveillance video.
This was Sunday's third double shooting.
The first happened on the northwest side of Indianapolis at around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Officers went to the 3600 block of St. Thomas Lane in the Spinnaker Court Apartments between Interstate 74 and Interstate 465, where they found a man and woman who had been shot. One was taken to the hospital in critical condition and the other was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Police did not specify which person was in critical condition. Aggravated assault detectives are investigating, according to a public police report.
The second double shooting happened just after 4 p.m. on the near northwest side in the 800 block of Eugene Street near 29th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
When officers got to the area to investigate a report of a person shot, IMPD said they found a man on the sidewalk who appeared to be shot and was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.
Another man had also been shot. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to police.
Authorities have not shared either man's name.
Investigators are continuing to search for a suspect in this shooting. However, they said they don't believe the shooting was random. By around 5 p.m., IMPD officers were canvassing the area and talking to neighbors.
Anyone with information about the Eugene Street shooting should call Detective Brian Lambert at the IMPD homicide office at 317-327-3475 or e-mail Brian.Lambert2@indy.gov. Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).
Gun violence is an issue that's troubled Indianapolis repeatedly, and local community leaders are stepping up once more – hoping for a change.
"What we cannot tolerate is this type of senseless violence," said pastor Charles Harrison.
Harrison is the pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church. The double shooting on Eugene Street happened just minutes away from his church.
"When you preach every Sunday about the love of God and the sanctity of human life, for a homicide to happen not far from the church you pastor, certainly it's very disappointing. Something we cannot allow," said Harrison.
Harrison said he and the Indy Ten Point Coalition are working with IMPD to get justice for the family.
The group normally focuses on Youth Gun Violence but in this case, Harrison said the age didn't matter since it was so close to home.
"Since we know the area so well and have so many relationships we wanted to go there and be a presence and be help in any way we could, to try and calm the situation and prevent any kind of further retaliation," said Harrison.
He said people must find different ways to settle disputes without violence or the city's homicide numbers will continue to climb.
"Whenever someone is injured or killed it affects so many people. Today someone's son was killed, a brother was killed, an uncle was killed, a father was killed. A lot of people are going to be sad during this Christmas season," said Harrison.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.