INDIANAPOLIS – Police searched Tuesday for two men believed to have run from a home where two women and their two children were fatally shot.
Officers arrived on the city's north side late Monday night to investigate a report of shots fired. Inside the home, they found 4-month-old Charlii Yarrell suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, along with the bodies of her mother, Andrea Yarrell, Gina Hunt, both 24, and Hunt's 23-month-old son Jordan Hunt.
Charlii Yarrell later died at a hospital.
The children were shot in their mothers' arms and all were wounded multiple times, said Indianapolis police Assistant Chief Eva Talley-Sanders.
"I can't imagine what kind of evil it takes to shoot two women and the innocent children in their arms," said police Chief Michael Spears at a Tuesday news conference.
Witnesses told police they saw two men running from the home.
Two handguns were found within a block of the house, where the four who were slain lived, said police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Mount. A set of scales, several weapons, a safe and one pound of a what is believed to be marijuana were found in the house, Talley-Sanders said.
She said police had been called to the home three times in 2007 to investigate reports of armed robbery, burglary of a resident and a stolen vehicle.
"There's just a number of factors that have to be looked at," Mount said. "Because of the things that were found at the scene they are going to look at every possible motive."
Yellow crime scene tape cordoned off nearly a half block of the street lined with modest brick and frame houses where the shooting occurred. The street was mostly deserted save for a cluster of emergency vehicles near the small one-story white house where officers inspected the frame of the open front door where the slayings occurred.
Law enforcement officials urged anyone with information to step forward.
"Whoever is responsible for this, we're going to track you down like dogs," Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson said. "We're not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong."
Police first received a report of people trying to break into a nearby vacant house and were called a short time later about shots being fired.
Residents gathered at the nearby Great Commission Church of God after they heard of the shootings.
"There was a family cousin who showed up on the scene and it was very emotional," said the church's assistant pastor Malachai Walker.
He said the neighborhood has crimes such as burglaries and those connected with drugs.
"But as for homicides — it's a shock," he said.