Crime Watch 8

5 killed in Indianapolis shootings during 4th of July weekend

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Gun violence rocked Indianapolis neighborhoods over the July 4th holiday weekend, leaving 5 people dead. Two other shootings in Lawrence killed two people.

“My husband and I have lived here for over 20 years, and we don’t necessarily want to live somewhere that’s not safe,” said Sarah McCollum-Knight, an Indianapolis resident.

McCollum-Knight has an 18-year-old daughter and says she is concerned about the increase in violence.

On Friday, a 22-year-old was killed outside a business at 38th and Post. Then just a few hours later, a 34-year-old was shot to death at 30th and Sherman.

On Saturday, a 65-year-old man was shot to death on the city’s northeast side following a separate shooting where a 22-year-old man was killed in a field behind apartments on Fox Harbour Drive.

And on Sunday night, a man was shot and killed and a woman was injured near the Vue Luxury apartments. Some residents say they’d like to see the city take further action to reduce crime.

“That we have an effective program in place in order to prevent killings and even just petty crime theft,” McCollum-Knight said.

“We understand that we can’t go out and prevent every bit of crime, but we can say that it’s still a successful weekend because of the fact that we didn’t have a lot of crime downtown,” said Officer Genae Cook with IMPD Public Affairs.

IMPD tells me while they were met with several shootings, they had a successful 4th of July celebration downtown.

Officers showed an extra force downtown this weekend to discourage violent gun crime.

“Just this weekend, we took at least eight guns off of people, if not more. Downtown has made several arrests. They’re still working with several groups, including CGIC and other areas within our department,” Cook said.

“We have officers that were right there on the scene when something happened, so because they were right there on the scene, we were able to detain several people in questioning for that,” Cook said.


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