17-year-old held in killings of five in home

Indianapolis police arrested a 17-year-old boy on Monday in the killings of five people, including a pregnant woman, who were shot to death inside a home.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that the name of the suspect in Sunday’s killings was “not being released at this time since the suspect is a juvenile.” No one else was believed to be involved, police said.

Police said Sunday that the fatal shootings were discovered by officers who had been called at about 4 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of a person shot on the city’s near northeast side and first found a male juvenile with gunshot wounds.

As officers were investigating, police received information at about 4:40 a.m. that led them to a nearby home, where they found multiple adults dead inside from apparent gunshot wounds, Sgt. Shane Foley said Sunday.

Foley said Sunday that police believe the juvenile, whose age has not been released, was wounded in the same shootings that left the five others dead.

Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs, 42, Elijah Childs, 18, Rita Childs, 13, and Kiara Hawkins, 19, and the unborn child of Hawkins were pronounced dead after being found in the home, the Marion County Coroner’s Office said. Hawkins and her unborn male child died despite lifesaving efforts, authorities said.

Police did not release details Sunday of the relationships between the shooting victims.

— Associated Press


Convictions of 3 men upheld in bomb plot

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and sentences of three members of an armed group facing decades in prison for their roles in a foiled 2016 plot to massacre Somali Muslims in southwest Kansas.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit rejected all the arguments raised by attorneys for Gavin Wright, Curtis Allen and Patrick Stein. The court was not swayed by claims that the men were entrapped and the method of selecting jurors was flawed.

Jurors convicted them in 2018 of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights in a scheme to blow up a mosque and apartments housing Somalis in Garden City, about 220 miles west of Wichita.

Stein, the alleged ringleader, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Allen, who drafted a manifesto for the group, got 25 years. Wright, who helped make and test explosives at his mobile home business, received 26 years.

— Associated Press