Indianapolis teen killed family after getting in trouble for leaving home: report


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An Indianapolis teen whose dad had just yelled at him for leaving the house without permission turned a gun on his family, killing five relatives, according to authorities and reports Monday.

“He shot them!’’ the 17-year-old suspect’s sister screamed in the middle of Sunday’s 3:45 a.m. bloodbath, according to a police report obtained by the local Fox 59 affiliate.

The dead were identified as Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs Jr., 42, their 18-year-old son Elijah, 13-year-old daughter Rita, 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, and her nearly full-term unborn child, “Baby Boy Hawkins,” according to police and local station WRTV.

The alleged killer, who has not been named by authorities because of his age, was arrested Monday after cops tracked him down to the suburb of Plainfield, Ind., officials said.

His younger brother was critically wounded in the bloodshed — but lived to tell authorities what happened, according to the police report cited by Fox.

The boy said his alleged murderous sibling was enraged over being reprimanded by their father for taking off without permission.

The younger brother said he was with his parents downstairs when they heard the first gunshots upstairs and his sister screamed, Fox said.

The sound of more bullets followed — then the killer “came down the stairs with a draco gun, a handgun that shoots rifle rounds, and started shooting,’’ his brother allegedly told cops.

The younger sibling fled out the door, only to his brother chase after him, firing at him, Fox said.

The suspect faces charges of intentional manslaughter with a handgun and attempted murder.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responding to the scene of the shooting in Indianapolis on January 24, 2021.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responding to the scene of the shooting in Indianapolis on January 24, 2021.
Justin L. Mack/The Indianapolis Star via AP

His fatal victims were found riddled with gunshot wounds at the home and declared dead at the scene, authorities said.

“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor said in a tweet Monday.

“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.’’

The crime left neighbors saddened and searching for answers.

“To take a whole family out like that … I just don’t understand,” Vicki Pinkston told WTHR.
Pinkston, who lives across the street from the crime scene, said she recently dropped off a few baby items for the expectant mother.

“I had just given them some stuff from my great-grandson when he was born, but he is bigger now. The baby was due next month,” Pinkston said, according to the station.

Pinkston said the family was “so sweet.

“Oh Lord, they say, ‘Hi, Miss, Vicki’ all the time,” she told Fox.

The mass murder comes as Indianapolis reels from its most violent year on record.

Indiana’s largest city recorded 245 homicides in 2020, according to the Indianapolis Star.


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