INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Mayor Greg Ballard says the violence in Indianapolis, this year, is "unusual."
Police are investigating a spike in homicides while other crime is down "between 9 and 10 percent." And, he admits they don't have an explanation for it.
"Were trying to figure it out right now, to be honest with you," Ballard told 24-Hour News 8.
Mayor Ballard hears people publicly condemn the crime.
"We want to make sure, if there's more people who want to come along and join that group, do it with a good heart and for the right reasons, more power to them."
But, he would like to see those who attend news conferences make sure their actions match their words.
"I know, when I go to a murder scene, I see who's there. And, who's not there. And, a lot of people holding press conferences are not there. I know who's there."
At the same time, Ballard is quick to praise the service of the Ten Point Coalition.
"They're not a political group by any stretch of the imagination. They just want to do the work."
He says, since members of the coalition are on the street, "they know the players" -- and that has paid-off. "In the last few years, they've tamped down a lot of the retaliatory actions. They care about tamping it down. And they're good people doing very difficult work on behalf of the city."
Last month, the Mayor and his public safety team announced the creation of a "Violent Crime Review Efficiency Team." 30 people – police and civilians – will analyze the crime problems in Indianapolis.
By May 1 they are supposed to have a draft of a plan for a safer summer. The final plan is due by May 31.
A family of five was uninjured after a house fire on the city's east side early Friday morning.
Police dispatchers in Morgan County say a crash closed both directions of Mann Road on Friday morning.
The snow heading toward Central Indiana comes during a major weekend in downtown Indianapolis.