INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Family members rushed to the east side of Indy Saturday evening fearing the worst after someone reported gunfire.
When IMPD arrived on scene, they found two people and what a high ranking officer described as a huge crime scene.
The gunshots went off just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening in the 1900 block of Audubon Road.
There are several abandoned houses in the area. Chris Harris lives nearby where his step-children heard the gunfire and ran for safety.
“It sounded like three burst fires they said, probably about nine total,” Harris said.
Police lights lit up his neighborhood where he and his family have lived for several years.
Officers who found the two people suffering from gunshot wounds cleared the way for paramedics after determining the scene was safe.
When the paramedics got there the two victims where critically injured with at least one gunshot wound, according to police.
“Medics quickly arrived on scene and unfortunately pronounced an adult male and adult female deceased at the scene," IMPD Major Harold Turner said.
Concerned family members also started arriving hoping to learn more about the victims.
They expressed concerns about a 19-year-old family member who they had not been able to reach on her cell phone, one of the relatives told Eyewitness News.
Police kept the area blocked off as part of the investigation and explained to the family they have to positively ID the victims before releasing information. Crime Lab workers started processing the scene to collect evidence.
“We will reach out to mom and dad first,” Major Turner said. “Then the next of kin once we have identified who these victims are.”
In many cases the coroner is able to positively identify victims so notification can be made by authorities.
“We hear gunfire most nights," Harris said.
Although Chris is shocked by the two shooting deaths near his home, the gunfire is not a shock to his family. He also shared with Eyewitness News that they are in the process of looking for a safer neighborhood.
“I have lived here 12 years,” Harris said. “It's always been quiet up until this last year or two. It's gotten bad. we are moving soon."
Homicide Detectives are talking to as many witnesses as possible about what happened moments before the shooting. They are also checking nearby homes that may have security cameras for possible video.
Major Harold Turner did not have any suspect or shooter information during the time of his first update to the media.
He did share that they were sifting through several accounts of how or where the shooter may have fled and how the two victims are acquainted with each other if at all.
Anyone with information on the case can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.
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