3 killed, 1 injured in span of 9 hours during violent Sunday in Indianapolis


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Editor's note: We initially reported the shooting victim at Wildwood Village Apartments was a man, but police updated us Monday morning and said he was a juvenile.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It was a violent end to the weekend. Three people are dead and one person is injured after four separate shootings across Indianapolis.

The shootings happened within the span of nine hours. Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say there is no reason to believe they’re connected because they occurred on different sides of town.

So far no arrests have been made in any of the three homicides.

The first shooting occurred on the near northwest side. IMPD says just after 3 p.m. they responded to a call about shots fired at the Wildwood Village Apartments. A teen boy was shot to death.

The second shooting happened just after 8 p.m. in the 4100 block of North Drexel Avenue on the northeast side. IMPD says the gunshot victim was in stable condition.

The third shooting occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on the west side. A man was shot and killed on Staton Place East Drive. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Lastly, the fourth shooting happened just before midnight on Indy’s near east side. Police received a call from someone who thought they heard shots fired. IMPD found a man suffering from a gunshot wound inside a car in the 3700 block of East Market Street. He was declared dead at the scene.

Friends and family say that victim was robbed before he was killed.

"He’s the type- he didn’t carry bank cards.  He carried a lot of money in his pocket.  Basically people was being greedy so they shot him and took his stuff," said the victim's friend Victor Ransom.

"I loved Rick you know.  He helped me out," said the victim's fiancée Mercedes.

Mercedes was engaged to the victim, who family identified as Rickey Cox Jr. and says the pair were planning to move out of Indiana after they sold their house.

"We were about to get married this year and move to Florida," said Mercedes.

IMPD spokesman Michael Hewitt, who spoke at all three scenes, said none of the crimes appear to be connected aside from the timing.

"Something I want to stress is any area of the city where we've had violence, the majority of people in these neighborhoods are good people," said Hewitt.

Also on Sunday, a 40-year-old man died after being beaten on Friday inside his home on Division street.  For their part, Rickey’s friends and family hope all four killers are brought to justice.

"I don’t know how y'all sleep at night but y'all are wrong for it," said Ransom.  "You know police are gonna do justice how they do it, but God is watching too."

IMPD has investigated 128 murders so far this year.

Anyone with information about any of these shootings should call the IMPD homicide office at 317-327-3475, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

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