Police have surveillance footage of the suspect that they believe shot a pastor's wife in the head during a home invasion in Indiana, authorities said today.
The Indianapolis police and various law enforcement representatives gave an update this morning on the search for Amanda Blackburn's killer.
On Tuesday morning, shortly before Blackburn was killed in her home, there was a burglary that took place two doors down, said Capt. Craig Converse, who heads the police department's homicide division.
Investigators have determined that the suspects went into the neighbor's house at 5:30 a.m. and Blackburn's husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, is seen leaving his home at 6:11 a.m. to go to a gym.
"They saw an opportunity to burglarize another home," a law enforcement official said.
A neighbor reported hearing shots fired between 6:45 a.m. and 6:55 a.m. and surveillance footage from the neighborhood that has been collected by police shows a man leaving Blackburn's house and driving away in an SUV, police said. Authorities have yet to make the surveillance footage public.
"We know the person standing outside the home is the subject that murdered Amanda," Converse said.
The suspect has been described as a man with slim to medium build whose height could range from 5'4" to 5'9" and was seen wearing a two-tone hoodie sweatshirt on the day of the murder.
Police are urging associates, friends and relatives of the suspect to notify investigators and help the case.
"It is a heinous crime," one law enforcement officer said. "This individual does not belong walking in free society."
The suspects are believed to have taken televisions and laptop computers from the first house that was burglarized that morning so police will be attempting to track those items as well.
Converse said that the Blackburns' dog greeted investigators when they arrived at the home, and the couple's young son had been in the house at the time of the incident, though he was upstairs in his crib.