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Two children among four killed in overnight shooting

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Four people died in a shooting on Hovey St. late Monday. Four people died in a shooting on Hovey St. late Monday.
Investigators enter the home where the shootings occurred. Investigators enter the home where the shootings occurred.
An IMPD officer comforts a woman at the shooting scene. An IMPD officer comforts a woman at the shooting scene.
Metro Police officers descended quickly on the scene. Metro Police officers descended quickly on the scene.
Metro Police Chief Michael Spears arrived on the scene out of uniform to make sure officers had all necessary resources available to them. Metro Police Chief Michael Spears arrived on the scene out of uniform to make sure officers had all necessary resources available to them.

Indianapolis - Nearly 90 investigators are working to determine who was involved in a brutal overnight killing that left two women and their infant children dead.

It happened on the city's near northeast side at 33rd and Hovey Streets.

Police say Gina Hunt and Andrea Yarrell, both 24, and Hunt's 23-month-old son Jordan, died at the scene. Charlii Yarrell, a four-month-old baby girl, was pronounced dead at 1:33 a.m. after being transported in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to Methodist Hospital.

Police are certain that the babies were shot in their mothers' arms. They found a small amount of marijuana, guns and a safe in the home and believe the suspects, two men, fled on foot.

"I don't know what would possess anyone to shoot children," said IMPD Sergeant Paul Thompson at the scene. "I can't figure it out."

Investigators from the violent crimes unit are working the case. They have set up a mobile command center set up outside the crime scene to offer some security and also to give people a way to share even the slightest information about possible suspects. Police are currently tracking down persons of interest in the case.

"This is something we will not accept in this community. Right now, we have 80 to 90 investigators working on this," said Assistant Chief of Police Eva Tally-Sanders.

Sheriff Frank Anderson did not mince words during an 11:00 am press conference.

"Whoever is responsible for this, we are gonna trap you like dogs. I'd like to say some other words that would not be appropriate for me to say at this time. We are not gonna stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong," said Anderson. He added, "There's a special place in hell for you. We're gonna see that you get there."

Police want to hear from the public. Call 262-TIPS with any information related to this case.

"Anybody that has any information whatsoever about this crime we want you to step forward," Anderson said. "We need you to step forward."

Officers had initially responded to a report of a break-in on the 3200 block of Hovey Street which proved to be an incorrect address. A few minutes later, they received a follow-up call about a person shot at 3283 Hovey. When they arrived, they found the four victims inside the home, all suffering from gunshot wounds.

Metro Police Chief Michael Spears arrived on the scene to make sure officers had all necessary resources available to them.

"This is an extremely disturbing incident for our police department, for all the citizens of our city," Chief Spears said, out of uniform and struggling to find the words to explain how this could happen. "This is just the kind of inexplicable violence that just rocks our city to the core. I assure you we are doing everything in our power and authority to bring a very quick resolution to this matter."

Witnesses say that two males were seen running north on Hovey Street around the time of the crime and police collected evidence north of the house where the shooting took place, including guns possibly discarded by the suspects as they fled. When daylight came upon the scene, police found gun shells on the side of the house.

"We are going to do everything we can to bring these suspects into custody very quickly," Spears said. "It is the worst day in the life of many of these people that have been affected by this brutal act of violence."

Mayor Greg Ballard spoke Tuesday, saying he understands the anger the community feels over the shooting, but hopes people don't let their anger get the best of them.

"I want the citizens to really maintain their sense of outrage. That's what I want them to do," he said. "It must be channeled appropriately. We understand that, but we can't forget these things happen."

Family members quickly rushed to the scene, and more officers were called in to assist in crowd control. Other officers offered comfort to distraught friends and family as snow fell on the scene.

The Great Commission Church of God on North Arsenal Avenue opened its doors to let families of the victims get out of the cold, and members of the IMPD chaplain's office were on hand to lend assistance.

The church is holding a prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting Tuesday at 5 p.m.

This story compiled from reports by Richard Essex and Lynsay Clutter.

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