Homeowners react to deadly shootings

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police continue to look for suspects who shot four people Monday night and riddled an Indianapolis neighborhood with gunfire. Three people were killed. A 10-year-old girl was hit in the cross-fire.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to find out if they plan to have a presence in the neighborhood after Monday night’s shooting. Officers said they will not be out at the home where it happened. However, they will be patrolling in the area.

People said it was like being in a war zone.

“It’s just scary, really. I don’t know what to do, don’t really know what to think,” said a man who didn’t want to be identified.

The man didn’t want to show his face or give his name, but described the terror he and daughters lived through Monday night while trying to avoid a shootout at a home next door.

“They were scared to death; they were scared to death,” he said.

Officers were called to a home in the 5200 block of Lakemanor Drive for a shooting. A deputy who lived nearby was first on the scene. Police say the scene was a mess as they tried to piece things together.

“I don’t know how many it was, but it was going for a couple of minutes. It was a straight up gun fight,” the man said.

That gunfire hit four people, killing three. Police said bullets also pierced several nearby homes including one where a 10-year-old girl was inside. She was hit by a stray bullet.

“I just heard about 10 shots in a row and I thought they were coming from my back yard,” said Julia Rutland.

Rutland was home during the shootings. She said it all happened too close to her home. Rutland said what’s sad about the whole incident is she knows the 10-year-old victim.

“That’s all I thought about all last night was her and her family. We see them often outside,” she said.

Rutland said her children often play outside, drawing and making art on the sidewalk, but the shooting has changed her kids’ fun time outdoors.

“I don’t think they can do that right now, not for a while. It’s sad,” she said.

24-Hour News 8 talked with the 10-year-old victim’s family Monday afternoon. They were shaken up, but said their daughter will be OK.

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