2 men fatally shot in city's south and northeast sides, in separate incidents
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While most of Indianapolis was sleeping, law enforcement officials spent a long night responding to a steady yet chaotic wave of calls, all related to gun violence.
It began soon after midnight on the south side. A man was found dead on the 2100 block of Hanna Avenue — near Southside Park and the University of Indianapolis — about 12:30 a.m. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers were patrolling the park area when they found a parked vehicle and a man dead with at least one gunshot wound, though according to IMPD, he was not found in the vehicle.
Hours later, IMPD responded to a report of a man shot on the city’s northeast side. He was found dead on the sidewalk about 5 a.m. on the 7100 block of Constitution Drive, near Indianapolis Fire Department Station 17. As of now, detectives believe he was there for a small gathering before the incident.
IMPD Officer Genae Cook noted this was their third homicide since 4 p.m. Friday. Another man was found fatally shot on the city’s north side Friday — on the 2400 block of Beckwith Drive — following a “disturbance,” according to police.
There were also reports of two people shot early Saturday, in two separate incidents. One was said to be “awake and breathing,” and the other is in stable condition after walking into Methodist Hospital, according to IMPD.
“It’s not normal,” Cook said.
The violence may not seem normal, but it’s also not new. Indianapolis recorded its most violent year ever in 2020, reporting more than 200 criminal homicides. The rise in homicide rates reflect a troubling trend, on par with spikes of violence in other major Midwestern cities.
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Officials are investigating what happened in the multiple incidents, but they stressed the importance of community members in finding answers and seeking justice.
“The important thing is that we have to continue to push forward as a community and keep giving information to detectives and working with the police.” Cook said.
“We’ve already shown with the community’s assistance, we’re able to make apprehensions faster and being able to prosecute those who bring violence into our city.”
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The Marion County Coroner will assist in determining the exact causes of death in the recent homicides and will identify the men once their next-of-kin are notified.
Anyone with information about these incidents should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
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