Associated France Press (AP) 2/6/2006
Police: 7 killed in Indianapolis home
By CHARLES WILSON,
INDIANAPOLIS - Seven family members, including three children, were shot to death in their home on the city’s east side, and police said Friday they were seeking two suspects.
The children, ages 5, 8 and 11, were found in a bed late Thursday, while the adults were found throughout the home, police said.
Indianapolis Police Chief Michael Spears said authorities were seeking Desmond Turner, 28, of Indianapolis, for questioning. Another suspect who was not identified also was being sought.
Deputy Chief Tim Foley said Turner had a history of arrests on charges including assault with bodily fluids and had served more than a year for a gun violation.
Police identified the adult victims as Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; Flora Alderran, 22, Valdez’ daughter; and Magno Aldarran, 29, Flora’s husband.
The children were identified as Luis Aldarran, 5, Flora Alderran’s son; and Alberto Covarrubias, 11, and David Covarrubias, 8 or 9.
Officers were called to the home in a residential neighborhood near the Indiana Women’s Prison about 10 p.m. when someone reported shots being fired. Officers arrived to find a young woman screaming that her mother had been shot, police Sgt. Steve Staletovich said.
Dozens of police officers blocked off streets in the neighborhood Thursday and were talking to the numerous residents who were watching from nearby yards in a steady rain. A wind chime hung in one window and an iron security door stood open as officers passed in and out.
Police continued to canvass the neighborhood Friday morning.
"We haven’t seen anything like this in Indianapolis in recent memory," Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell said. "The IPD folks are saying you have to go back 20, 30 years to find anything like this."
Police said they did not believe the slayings were random but would not discuss a possible motive. They said there was no history of police runs to the home apart from one to check on an alarm.
Foley said it appeared the weapon used was an assault rifle but said it was not necessarily an automatic weapon. There was no indication the slayings were gang-related, he said.
Evan Lewis, whose mother lives next door to the shooting scene, said he was visiting friends who live on the block and went outside when he heard screaming.
Neighbors said the area had declined in recent years and that drug crimes and muggings had become common.