2 dead and 8 wounded overnight in Indianapolis shooting

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Two people were killed and four others seriously injured overnight in Indianapolis in a spate of shootings that came hours after city council members approved funding aimed at combating violence, police said.

The six shootings involving 10 victims began around 7:45 pm, when officers returned fire and found a person “awake and breathing.”

Over the next eight hours, nine more people were shot, including four men who were taken to hospital in critical condition after the shooting on the east side of the city around 1:30 a.m., police said.

Police said the men were wounded after the shooting started in a house and continued outside.

In another shooting around 3am, a man and woman were found shot dead in a house, also on the east side. Police investigators believe the incident was “home-related” and are investigating it as a homicide and suicide. Police said two children in the house did not survive.

The violence came within hours of the Indianapolis City Council for the District’s adoption of a motion on a 23-2 vote to allocate $3.3 million to the Indianapolis City Police Department, the Office of Public Health and the Information and Safety Services Agency.

The council hopes the move will help reduce violence in the city through various measures, including technological improvements in the police department and more community programs, the Indianapolis Star reports.

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