PD: 4 bodies found inside home on city's near-west side

INDIANAPOLIS -- A homeowner made a gruesome discovery Tuesday when four bodies were found inside a home on the city's near-west side.

The incident in the 3100 block of North Harding Street was reported by the homeowner a little after 9:30 a.m.

A spokesman with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department initially reported that the victims were two men and two women who had been shot execution style, but Chief Rick Hite later said that three women and one man were found with unspecified gunshot wounds. 

Wednesday morning, police identified the three female victims as 32-year-old Tiara Turner, 41-year-old Terri Betties, and 48-year-old Sherry Taylor, all of Indianapolis. 

The male victim was identified Wednesday afternoon as Davon Whitlock, 18, of Indianapolis.

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Investigators said there were signs of forced entry into the home through the side door and that the victims were targeted. The home was ransacked and investigators said they found multiple shell casings.

Crowds gathered around the home throughout the day, visibly upset by the discovery. IMPD chaplains responded to console those who were upset.

"We believe that this situation was isolated to this particular address," Indianapolis Police Officer Chris Wilburn said. "We want to know, as you do, what happened and in order to get that we're going to need assistance from the community."

Hite told RTV6 reporter Jack Rinehart he's confident that police will find who's responsible for the killings.

Neighbors said it will take time to move past the shock of Tuesday's killings, but many said they are starting to get used to the crime.

During a recent survey by the the faith-based Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, the neighborhood listed their top concerns as crime in general, then drugs, gunfire and break-ins.

IMPD has vowed to step up patrols in the neighborhood and officers have urged residents to report crime in the area before another shooting takes place.

 

No further information has been released.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at crimetips.org or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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