INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Three women and a man were found shot to death Tuesday in a house in a high-crime neighborhood on the near northwest side of Indianapolis, the city police chief said. The shootings likely occurred Tuesday morning and detectives are talking to neighbors who said they heard what might have been gunshots, Police Chief Rick Hite said.


"We don't believe this is random and we need the public's help," Hite said. "It's a tragic situation - four people were shot in the house and four people were killed."


Late morning, detectives and forensic investigators moved in and out of the two-story, wood frame house through an enclosed, brick front porch while people gathered outside. Among the onlookers was Charles Richardson, who told The Associated Press that his 58-year-old sister lives at the house and had discovered the bodies. He said his 32-year-old niece also lives there with her three children, but that the kids hadn't been home at the time of the shootings.


He said the family was nervously awaiting the identity of the victims.


Hite said the victims were three women and a man but provided no other details.


The house is in a neighborhood that police have targeted for greater law enforcement because of its high crime rate, Hite said.


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