- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Three people were found apparently shot to death inside an Indianapolis apartment Friday morning while an 18-month girl slept in a bedroom, apparently unharmed, police said.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots at the apartment complex on the city’s northeast side about 6:20 a.m. but police were not summoned until about an hour later, Indianapolis police spokesman Maj. Richard Riddle said.

Arriving officers found the front door to the apartment open and the child asleep, he said.

“We pray that child slept through the incident and didn’t have to see that violence,” Riddle said.

The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation but appeared unharmed, according to police.

Authorities identified the victims as Takara Coleman, 23, and Cameron Baker, 25, who resided at the apartment, and 52-year-old Lisa Woods, a neighbor.

The two women were found on a couch in the front room, while Baker’s body was found in a bedroom where the child was sleeping, Riddle said. The three adults all suffered apparent gunshot wounds, he said.

The Indianapolis Star reported that an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department victim assistant could be seen carrying the child out of the home around 9:30 a.m. The victim assistant later learned her niece was among those killed inside, according to the newspaper.

It was not immediately clear why Woods, the neighbor, was visiting the apartment.

Police did not release any information about a motive for the shootings. They asked anyone with information about the incident to contact authorities.


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