Mother of two killed, shooter still critical

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman died and a man was critically injured in a shooting incident on the city's north side early Sunday morning, police said.

Officers were called to the Park Hoover Condominiums around 1 a.m. Sunday, where they found a man and woman arguing outside one of the buildings.

Police said the man shot the woman at point-blank range before pointing his gun at officers. Both officers fired on the man, but police said it's not yet clear if the man fired shots at the officers.

Police said the man ran to the back of the apartment building and was later found lying in the grass with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The man was listed in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim and suspect were later identified as Candice Hunter, 24, and Joshua Higgins, 22, both of Indianapolis.

Police said Higgins had four active warrants for his arrest at the time of the shooting -- two for robbery, one for dealing marijuana and one for trespassing.

Neither of the officers were hurt in the confrontation.

Hunter's father, Ieha Williams, said he was "at a loss for words" on Sunday.

"As a father, you want to be there to protect your kids," Williams said. "And with her being so far, I was really unable to just be there physically for her."

Williams said his daughter had planned to return to school this fall to obtain a degree in nursing.

He also said that his previous interactions with Higgins hadn't raised any alarm bells.

"Every time I talked to him, he was nice," Williams said. "He just sent me a text message the other day, you know, just telling me how good of a dad I was to her, thanks for being a good influence on her."

But, Williams acknowledged, his daughter and her relationship had been stressed.

"At first, I thought it was just a fight," he said. "I was coming in the morning to pick her up because she was done with being down here, and then we got the second call saying he had actually shot and killed her."

Williams said he and his wife will take care of the couple's 6-month-old son, and Hunter's 23-month-old daughter. Both were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but were not injured.

IMPD said it's not releasing the names of the officers involved, but they will both be placed on administrative duty during the investigation, which is standard practice.

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