Mother shot to death, toddler injured on Indy’s northeast side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman is dead and a toddler is in the hospital after a shooting on the near northeast side of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 3300 block of Hovey Street, near the intersection of Ralston Avenue and East 33rd Street, around 3 a.m.

Police found a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound, and medics transported her to the hospital in critical condition. She died at the hospital.

More than 40 shell casings litter the yard outside the home after someone unleashed a barrage of gunfire.

Friends and family say 20-year-old Tatyana Sims was shot and killed while she slept.

"She was just so young. She was 20. That's way too soon for her to leave us. It shouldn’t be like this you know," said the victim's friend Ashley Simmons.

Police say a bullet hit Tatyana's 3-year-old daughter. The small child will survive, but Tatyana's friends have no idea why someone would have targeted the young mother.

"Everybody knows she has a daughter and she’s always with her, so for someone to disregard that fact and still do this is just unbelievable," said Simmons.

There is no suspect information at this time, and IMPD says this is an ongoing investigation. At the same time, this is not the first time the victim's friends and family have had to deal with tragedy in recent months.

"I’m at a loss for words because it hasn’t even been three months since my brother passed," said Jessika Quinn.

In late June, Quinn's 15-year-old brother was murdered inside his home on south Talbott street. Police say someone walked up to Michael Walters' home and fired several shots. Those bullets shattered a glass window and hit the teen in the head.

Michael and Tatyana had been friends since they were kids. Both are now dead.

"We grew up as family. We were best friends all of us," said Quinn. "They’re not even living their full lives. It’s not fair."

While her brother's case remains unsolved, Quinn hopes her friend's killer is quickly caught.

"You took a mother away from her child and now she gets to grow up without her mom. That doesn’t make any sense. We will get justice for her," said Tatyana's sister Danielle Smith.

So far no arrests have been made in either shooting. Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Family members released these photos of Tatyana and her daughter:

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