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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men killed after southeast side shooting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan police are investigating a shooting on the southeast side that left two people dead.

Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Villa Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Thursday in response to a report of shots fired.

Police found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were shot multiple times inside a home during some type of gathering, police said. The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 30-year-old Darrell Miller II and 31-year-old James Clark.

A young child was also in the home but was unharmed.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they had just moved into the home on Villa Avenue and were trying to figure out how the situation escalated into violence.

Major Richard Riddle with IMPD said officers had questioned several people in connection with the shooting.

“They had multiple people detained. Can I call them a suspect at this point? I’m going to stop short of doing that. However, we do have people detained and we’re trying to figure out if they’re witnesses, if they were a party to any type of disturbance or if they are, in fact, the shooter,” Riddle said.

Riddle said the shooting is part of a troubling uptick in violence around Indianapolis. Wednesday night into Thursday morning, six people were shot in the span of about eight hours.

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of exactly what is causing people to utilize guns to settle disputes, settle arguments, battle over narcotics and different things like that,” Riddle said. “It’s very concerning, very troubling.”

According to IMPD, 2017 is on track with last year’s record homicide numbers. Police pledged to boost patrols last weekend after a series of shootings. Police Chief Bryan Roach said he authorized individual districts to allocate officers and resources at specific times and to specific areas to meet their needs.