A TEENAGER accused of shooting dead six people in his own home is seen rapping about murder and gun violence in a music video.
The suspect, 17, who cannot be named due to his age, was arrested Monday after the alleged “mass murder” of his own family in Indianapolis.
The teen suspect, 17, raps about murder in a music video
He is alleged to have killed six people on Sunday – including four members of his own family
In the shooting spree early on Sunday morning, the teenager allegedly shot and killed his own mom Kezzie Childs, 42, dad Raymond Childs, 42, brother Elijah, 18 and young sister Rita, 13.
Tragically, Elijah’s girlfriend Kiara Hawkins, 19 and her unborn baby boy were both killed as well.
The alleged shooter was identified to police by his younger brother Xavier, 15, who fled the home during the shooting but suffered gunshot wounds.
Xavier is still being treated in hospital but is expected to recover.
In the music video which has emerged, the teen suspect is seen brandishing hand guns while rapping about shooting people.
Bullet holes are also seen on the screen.
Local pastor Kenneth Sullivan Jr believes violent lyrics in the music may have inspired the teen to allegedly carry out the killings.
Loved one gather near the crime scene in Indianapolis following the deadly shooting
Kezzie Childs, 42, was found dead on SundayCredit: Facebook
Ms Childs with her daughter, Rita, who was murdered aged just 13Credit: Facebook
Elijah Childs, 18, and his dad, Raymond Childs, 42, were both shot and killed in the horrific ‘mass murder’Credit: Facebook
He said: “It’s really gut-wrenching, it really hurts.”
The pastor said it’s possible the suspect was “acting out” scenarios he rapped about.
He said: “If you’re constantly feeding your mind negative things and destructive things, it won’t be long before act upon those things.”
Police are probing whether the guns in the video were used in the shooting, WTHR reports.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to charge the suspect with murder/intentional manslaughter and attempted murder.
Despite being 17, the alleged shooter is expected to be tried in adult court due to the severity of the crimes.
Videos and pictures posted to the family’s social media accounts show that several of the kids were interested in pursuing careers as rappers.
Xavier’s posts show that he performed in a group with two of his brothers.
According to police, Xavier phoned the cops when he fled the shooting at 4am Sunday.
In hospital, the young victim told investigators that his older brother “killed my entire family.”
Kiara Hawkins was killed along with her unborn child
The teen suspect fled his family home on Sunday but was arrested the following day
He said that the suspect had been told off by his father for leaving the family home without permission.
The dad Raymond told the alleged shooter he would be punished moments before the first shots were fired, Xavier reportedly told cops.
He told police that he was downstairs with his folks when the gunfire first erupted.
Xavier then alleges his brother “came downstairs with a Draco gun, a handgun that shoots rifle rounds, and started shooting,” the police report says.
The younger brother then ran out of the home as the alleged gunman followed and fired several bullets at him.
And after the 17-year-old suspect fled the home before police could arrive, he was detained on Monday around 25 miles away in Plainfield, FOX59 reports.
A neighbour told the news outlet that she tipped police officers off as to where they might find the alleged shooter.
It has been reported that cops found a gun at the crime scene.
Police have confirmed that the alleged murderer acted alone.
Attorney Ralph Staples confirmed the suspect would be tried as an adult but would not face the death penalty because of his young age.
He said: “The adult court has jurisdiction, so they will charge him directly there.
“Of course when you’re 18 you’re an adult, but that 16 to 18 range gives the prosecutor some latitude in terms of punishment, but not in terms of charging.”
Locals revealed their shock at the mass murder.
Neighbour Vicki Pinkston told WTHR: “To take a whole family out like that…I just don’t understand.
“When I saw them take all the people out of there, I could not believe it.
“I just hope that they find who did this.”
Police said the shooting was the largest mass murder in the city for more than a decade.
Yet, gun violence in Indianapolis remains a big problem.
The city recorded its most violent year with 244 homicides in the last 12 months.
Authorities say the violence is down to poverty in large parts of the city which has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.
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