2 people dead after shooting on northeast side of Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two people were killed in a double homicide on the northeast side of Indianapolis Thursday morning.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were called to the 4500 block of North Irwin Avenue, between Shadeland and Emerson, around 11 a.m.

Detectives with IMPD say an adult male and an adult female were found dead inside an SUV.

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the vicitms as 65-year-old Diane McFarland and 26-year-old Shane McFarland.

Police are not sure how long the two victims had been dead before being discovered. Neighbors say they didn’t hear any gunshots, but they did notice the red SUV sitting in the same spot overnight several hours before police were called.

The windows of the Chevy Trailblazer had been shattered after being shot multiple times. The victims were found dead in the front seats.

"To hear this happen is really devastating," said neighbor Adrianna Bell.

"It’s kind of shocking to hear this," said neighbor Krystal Lewis.

Unfortunately, many people who live nearby didn’t hear and see what led up to the violence.

"I didn’t hear anything. It’s kind of sad. If I did hear anything, I would have called," said Lewis.

The double homicide marks the 6th and 7th killings in the first 9 days of the new year.

"Obviously we are 9 days into the year and this is troubling. It’s disappointing to live in our city and see these types of crimes occurring in our city," said IMPD officer Aaron Hamer.

It turns out, 5 months ago and just 2 blocks away in the same neighborhood, a 29-year-old was shot and killed sitting inside a black SUV.

That murder remains unsolved, as do 6 of this year's first 7 homicides.

Police and neighbors agree the public needs to do their part to help bring every killer to justice.

"I think it’s important we as a city stand together and we can try to figure out this stuff," said Hamer.

"It’s not normal for us to have this," said Lewis. "We’ve got to work together as a community and be safe."

Police did not have any suspect information to release.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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