Woman shot in apparent home robbery near 79th Street and College Ave.

Sexual assault also being investigated

INDIANAPOLIS - Police continued their investigation after a woman was shot Tuesday morning in an apparent robbery at a home on the city's north side in which rape and sexual assault are also being investigated. Now, police are searching for the handful of men who committed the acts of violence.

The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. at a home near 79th Street and College Avenue in the 800 block of East 79th.

IMPD said the man who lived in the home that was robbed said four or five men entered his home as he, his wife and daughter (said to be in her 20s) slept. The men reportedly demanded money and during the robbery, forced the two women to drive them to an ATM to withdraw cash.

IMPD said during this incident, one of the women was shot in the leg and once in the foot. Police also said one of the women was sexually assaulted, and one of them was raped by the men. The family said the men stole their cellphones, so they had to run to a neighbor's home to call 911 for help. The woman who was shot in the leg was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital. 

Police say the woman who was shot did not suffer life-threatening injuries. In a police report released just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, IMPD said rape was also being investigated. There were few other details.

The Indiana School for the Blind, which sits near 78th St. and College Ave., was placed on lockdown shortly after the incident, police confirmed. 

Detectives said the suspects stole three cars from the home. Police said a 2000 silver Infiniti i30 sedan and a 2001 dark green Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible were later found near 62nd and Michigan Road. The third car was found near 80th Street and Windcombe Boulevard.

Police are investigating to see if this incident is linked to the break-in last week at a home in the 7000 block of Spring Mill Road. 

"Detectives are going to look at both of these cases to see if they're related. To see if there are similarities. To talk to the victims to see if we can get a similar description to see if they're the same thing or not, but they'll be looked at closely," IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey said.

Neighbors said the family victimized in the latest attack is extremely well-liked and that neighbors and friends will rally around them to help them heal.

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