Gary, Indiana police are investigating four fatal shootings that occurred less than 24 hours apart.

In the first incident, a woman was taken to hospital on Sunday with a gunshot wound by a known person, Gary Police Chief Brian Evans told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday.

When officers arrived, the victim was already receiving treatment, but later succumbed to his injuries, Evans said.

The second shooting happened later that evening, Evans said. Officers responded to the 2600 block of Jackson Street, north of Indiana University’s Northwest Campus, where they encountered two victims who had been shot, Evans said.

The female victim died from her injuries and the other victim, whose identity has not been released, is still alive and receiving treatment at a Chicago hospital, Evans said.

The next fatal shooting took place later Sunday, Evans said. Officers responded to the 2900 block of West 11th Ave., where they found two victims who had been fatally shot, both underage, Evans said.

Investigators believe the two victims at that scene were killed at the same time, Evans said.

The four shootings are not gang or drug related and are not random or related to each other, Evans said.

“We believe all of the individuals were targeted by a specific individual,” Evans said. “It just happened to happen in a short time.”

Two of the victims have been identified by police as April King, 50, and Arlandus Jackson, 27. ABC News is not releasing the identities of the child victims.

Several other non-fatal shootings also took place during the same period, Gary Mayor Jermone Prince said at the press conference.

Prince noted the recent wave of violence that has plagued the city.

“Within 24 hours, the city experienced a wave of shootings across the region that resulted in the deaths of four people,” he said, adding that the city had put in place a number of anti-crime programs aimed at young people.

Additional information about the shooting was not immediately available.



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