Four people were killed in two separate shootings around the city overnight; Three others were injured, including a 10-year-old girl.
Four people were shot on the northwest side in the 5200 block of Lakeside Manor Avenue just before 10:00 Monday night. Officers found two men shot and killed in the front doorway, with another man critically wounded in the backyard. That man later died from his injuries at an area hospital.
The violence didn't stop there. Detectives believe a stray bullet pierced a neighboring house, hitting a 10-year-old girl in the upper leg. She was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Other stray bullets went flying, striking nearby houses, leaving bullet holes and a lot of concern.
Half-a-mile away, another bullet grazed a man in the head. Detectives said Tuesday morning, though, it still wasn't clear how that shooting was connected to the situation on Lakeside Manor.
Investigators described the scene as an all-out shootout, leaving detectives on the scene for hours.
"We really want to comb the scene, look for every bit of evidence we can," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "Often times, crime we know, there are offenders and sometimes even the victims have criminal histories and we want to make sure we fully put these cases together."
Detectives still aren't sure what sparked the breakout of violence.
Another man in his 20's was killed and one was shot on the near-north side at 41st and Boulevard when two men broke in Monday night. Police believe the incident started as a robbery. Making it even worse - eight kids under the age of 10 were in the home at the time, according to police.
A nearby Marion County sheriff's deputy heard the first round of shots on Lakeside Manor Avenue and was able to help metro officers arriving on the scene with some important information. The IMPD commander over the area hopes other people will come forward with information to help find the shooters, saying no family should have to live in fear of this kind of violence in any neighborhood.
"We are in our house enjoying family time, just like this family was, and because some made a bad decision... I am glad she did not succumb to her injuries," said Commander Dawn Snyder. "But it's still a traumatic experience she has to go through, a 10-year-old having been shot."
Anyone who has information in this case is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 262-TIPS (8477).
While police continue investigating both cases and form a suspect description, Chief Hite said having more officers on the street Monday night helped cut down on response times and that's just the beginning to cutting the crime. He was also optimistic Tuesday that a new law will lower the chances of seeing another night like this in Indy.
"July 1 is a new day when it comes to sentencing guidelines," Chief Hite reminded the public Tuesday. The law he's referring to requires that criminals serve "75 percent of your time you'll be sentenced to if you're convicted of a violent crime."
Hite said a summer time violence plan will come out soon.
WTHR's CrimeBeat reporterSteve Jefferson contributed to this report.