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INDIANAPOLIS — Two women are in critical condition following a shooting on Indy’s east side.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. in the 3600 block of Mayfield Drive, not far from the intersections of 38th and Mitthoeffer.

It’s early in the investigation, but police believe the shooting is domestic-related.

Police say the victims were sitting inside a white mini-van when they were shot by someone outside the van.

The shooter then ran away and the victims were rushed to the hospital.

Although the relationship between the two victims and the shooter remains unclear, preliminary information leads police to believe the shooting stems from domestic violence.

Police believe the case can serve as an important lesson to everyone.

“Friends and family, please contact police to let us know if something is going on.  Let us know if someone is in danger.  Maybe we can help so that nothing bad happens later on,” said IMPD Public Information Officer Genae Cook.

Because domestic-related violence has seen a dramatic increase over the last two years, police ask everyone to look out for their loved ones and report any warning signs before the violence turns deadly.

“We can’t stop every crime from happening, but as a friend, I would feel bad if I didn’t step forward and do something that would prevent a friend from getting hurt,” said Cook.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Anyone who needs help finding domestic violence related resources can call 211.