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updated 1/15/2008 8:28:19 PM ET 2008-01-16T01:28:19

Nearly 90 investigators are working to determine who was involved in a brutal overnight killing that left two women and their infant children dead.

"Whoever is responsible for this, we are gonna trap you like dogs," said Sheriff Frank Anderson during a press conference on Tuesday. "I'd like to say some other words that would not be appropriate for me to say at this time.

The shootings took place on the city's near northeast side.

Police say Gina Hunt and Andrea Yarrell, both 24, and Hunt's 23-month-old son Jordan, died at the scene. Yarrell's four-month-old girl, Charlii, was pronounced dead at 1:33 a.m. after being transported in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to Methodist Hospital.

Someone shot the babies in their mothers' arms, police said.

Detectives found a small amount of marijuana, guns and a safe in the home and believe the suspects, two men, fled on foot, police said.

"I don't know what would possess anyone to shoot children," Indianapolis police Sgt. Paul Thompson at the scene. "I can't figure it out."

A community mourns
Police are currently tracking down persons of interest in the case.

"This is something we will not accept in this community. Right now, we have 80 to 90 investigators working on this," Assistant Chief of Police Eva Tally-Sanders said.

Officers had initially responded to a report of a break-in on the 3200 block of Hovey Street which proved to be an incorrect address. A few minutes later, they received a follow-up call about a person shot at 3283 Hovey. When they arrived, they found the four victims inside the home, all suffering from gunshot wounds.

Mayor Greg Ballard spoke Tuesday, saying he understands the anger the community feels over the shooting, but hopes people will not let their anger get the best of them.

"I want the citizens to really maintain their sense of outrage," Ballard said. "That's what I want them to do. It must be channeled appropriately. We understand that, but we can't forget these things happen."

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