INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 24, 2015) – Indianapolis Metro Police detectives are on the search for suspects after four people were shot and killed in a near northwest side Indianapolis home Tuesday morning. Police were called to the scene in the 3100 block of N. Harding Street shortly after 9 a.m., when the homeowner came home and found four people dead inside. It is unknown how long the victims have been dead.
The identities of three of the four victims were made public Wednesday morning. The Marion County Coroner has positively identified the victims as 32-year-old Tiara Turner, 41-year-old Terri Betties, 48-year-old Sherry Taylor and 18-year-old Davon Whitlock.
Whitlock is the son of Betties, Turner is the cousin of Betties and Taylor is a family friend.
Police say there was forced entry into a side door of the home. The house was ransacked, everything was thrown around, and TVs were flipped. All victims had multiple gunshot wounds.
Initial reports at the scene indicated the killings appeared to be execution style. But IMPD Chief Rick Hite declined to classify the murders that way.
“I wouldn’t say execution style, I’d say shot and killed,” Chief Hite said.
It is not known if police were looking for a single suspect or several suspects. Multiple forensics teams spent all day Tuesday going in and out of the house, which is located near one of the six areas where public safety officials have been focusing efforts to combat violent crime.
“We won’t abandon a geographic area, a zip code or people group. That’s not what we signed up for, that’s not what we will do,” said Officer Christopher Wilburn. “We will focus on rooting out crime and rooting out evil. We will continue to do that. We need assistance from the community. We have assistance from the community.”
“The police department is working very hard,” said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. “They’re using all their resources to find the individual or individuals responsible that took the life of four of our residents, neighbors and friends here in our city.”
Chief Hite spoke to a crowd of more than a dozen people gathered at the corner of Harding Street and Congress Avenue, assuring them that detectives would solve the case but they needed to be patient.
“We will hunt these people down,” Hite said.
The hours after the killings turned into an agonizing wait for family members, waiting to learn the identities of the victims. April Richardson said her 32 year old niece lives in the house, and she hadn’t heard from her.
“I’m just a nervous wreck right now and I’m just praying that my baby, my niece ain’t in there,” Richardson said. “I’m just praying that it’s not her.”
Detectives on Tuesday afternoon followed up on a possible lead on the east side of the city that may be connected to one of the people who lived in the house. They have asked FOX59 to refrain from reporting the specific nature of the lead to protect the investigation.
Members of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition spent Tuesday talking to nearby residents. Reverend Charles Harrison said he was in the middle of a Bible Study when he was notified about the killings.
“You hear from the people out here that they’re tired of all this violence,” Harrison said. “They’re tired of what they’re seeing going on in this neighborhood.”
If you have any information regarding this incident, IMPD urges you to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.