Handgun found near Blackburn home, submitted to crime lab for testing

Gun not connected to Blackburn's death as of yet

INDIANAPOLIS -- A handgun was found near the home in which Amanda Blackburn was shot and killed last Tuesday.

The gun was recovered "several days ago," IMPD Public Information Officer Lt. Richard Riddle said Tuesday.

Riddle said the handgun was taken to a fire station, and the person who turned it in said they found it near the Blackburn house on Sunnyfield Court.

The gun has been submitted to a crime lab for testing, and while Riddle says IMPD has nothing connecting it to the Blackburn case right now, they are following up on all leads.

Blackburn was shot in the head Tuesday, Nov. 10 around 6:45 a.m. when someone broke into her home after her husband, Davey, a pastor at a local church, left to work out. Blackburn was pronounced dead after her organs were harvested. Her infant son was in another room at the time of the incident.

"Amanda didn't have an enemy in the world," Davey said in a live interview on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. "That's why this has baffled us as much as anybody."

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Neighbors in the area of the Blackburn's home met Tuesday night to discuss updates in Amanda's death.

"There's no manual on how to respond to having one of your neighbors and friends murdered in her home," said Ryan McConnell, who helped lead the efforts.

Flyers continue to be passed out, even coming with every order at Piezanos Pizza on Georgetown Road.

Detectives are pleading for more tips to help catch whoever killed Blackburn, who was 12 weeks pregnant at the time.

Police on Monday released two photos of a suspect in the killing of the 28-year-old Monday evening, taken from a surveillance camera on a home on Sunnyfield Court.

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The photos aren't of the greatest quality, and IMPD admits that they are protecting their investigation by only authorizing the release of those images.

"It's important to note that we have somewhat of an image of the individual we're hoping to piece this puzzle together," said IMPD officer Charlie Wilburn. "We're being very meticulous with what information that we have and I know that we're limiting what we release and that's on purpose, we have to protect the integrity of this investigation."

There was another burglary two houses down of the Blackburn house around 5:30 a.m. the morning of her death, and police believe the two are connected.

When Davey left to work out around 6 a.m., the killer believed the house was empty. Around 6:45 a.m., a neighbor said they heard gunshots.

The killer drove a dark-colored SUV and was seen on video leaving the area. Multiple TVs were stolen, and believed to be transported in that SUV.

If you have any information that could help solve this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and still possibly receive a reward of up to $1,000.



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