INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three people were killed and four others critically wounded overnight in Indianapolis in a rash of shootings that came hours after city council members approved funding aimed at combatting violence, police said.

The six shootings that involved 10 victims began about 7:45 p.m. Monday when officers responding to a shooting found a person “awake and breathing.”

Over the next eight hours, nine other people were shot, with one man succumbing to his wounds in one of those shootings. Police said four men who were shot on the city’s east side about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday were hospitalized in critical condition after gunfire began in a house and continued outside.

In another shooting about 3 a.m., a man and woman were found shot to death in a home, also on the east side. The Marion County Coroner’s office ruled their deaths a murder-suicide. Police said two children at the home were not injured.

The violence came within hours of the Indianapolis City-County Council adopting a proposal on a 23-2 vote to allocate $3.3 million to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Office of Public Health and Safety and Information Services Agency.

The council hopes the move will help curb violence in the city through various measures, including technology improvements in the police department and more community-based programs, The Indianapolis Star reported.

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