INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives were investigating a homicide Monday afternoon on the city's northeast side.
IMPD officials confirm a 16-year-old boy was shot dead near 32nd Street and Emerson Avenue, at the Hawthorne Place Apartments. When officers arrived on scene, they found the juvenile unconscious near a playground. He was pronounced dead on scene.
That victim has been identified as James Johnson of Indianapolis.
Emotion from a distraught relative echoed throughout the east side apartment complex after the deadly shooting.
Reverend Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition told 24-Hour News 8's Daniel Miller he believes extra patrols will help, but won't be able to stop the violence. He also said Monday's victim is the cousin of Monquize Edwards, the victim in the July 4 shooting. Police are still looking for three teenagers they believe are responsible.
"He's related to the victim that was killed on the Fourth of July, so that raises a lot of antennas as to were the people involved in the Fourth of July homicide involved in this today," Rev. Harrison said.
IMPD detectives spent much of the afternoon talking to witnesses and gathering evidence. The Ten Point Coalition also showed up to quell more violence.
"What's so frustrating is we just don't have the resources anymore that we once had to be able to deal with this," said Rev. Harrison.
People who live in the complex gathered around to see what happened. One resident said the neighborhood teens have gotten out of control.
"It's not because they don't know, but they don't have any guidance right now," she said.
Rev. Harrison said if they don't act now, it will soon be too late to stop.
"We've got to have people on the streets to be in these kind of apartment complexes when there are issues between gangs and kids; we're able to try and get ahead of it and defuse it, if we're not able to do that we're not going to stop this kind of senseless violence," he said.
Rev. Harrison said they will be spending their time trying to calm the situation down. He's made a call for the council to release $1.8 million in crime prevention dollars. That money is given to groups in the city to curb crime. But, the funding has not been released.
As for the suspects, police have only said they're looking for three black males between 16 and 18 years old. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-tips.
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