INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Gun violence rocked neighborhoods in Indianapolis over the July 4 holiday weekend, killing 5 people. Two other shootings in Lawrence left two dead.
“My husband and I have lived here for over 20 years, and we don’t necessarily want to live somewhere that is not safe,” said Sarah McCollum-Knight, a resident of Indianapolis.
McCollum-Knight has an 18-year-old daughter and is concerned about the increase in violence.
On Friday, a 22-year-old was killed outside a 38th and Post business. Then a few hours later, a 34-year-old man was shot dead at the 30th and Sherman.
On Saturday, a 65-year-old man was shot dead in the northeast of the city following another shootout where a 22-year-old man was killed in a field behind apartments on Fox Harbor Drive.
And on Sunday night, a man was shot and injured near the Vue Luxury apartments. Some residents say they would like the city to take further action to reduce crime.
“That we have an effective program in place to prevent murders and even petty theft,” said McCollum-Knight.
“We understand that we can’t go out and prevent every crime, but we can say it’s still a successful weekend due to the fact that we haven’t had a lot of crime downtown,” said IMPD Agent Genae Cook. Public affairs.
The IMPD tells me that they faced several shootings, which they successfully celebrated on July 4 in the city center.
Officers showed additional force downtown over the weekend to deter violent gun crime.
“This weekend alone, we removed at least eight firearms from people, if not more. Downtown made several arrests. They are still working with several groups, including CGIC and other areas of our ministry, ”Cook said.
“We have officers who were there when something happened, so because they were there we were able to stop several people to question them for it,” Cook said.