INDIANAPOLIS — There have now been 100 homicides in the Circle City this year.
Two people were killed in separate shootings Wednesday night. The 99th homicide of the year was called out at about 9:15 p.m. where police arrived at an apartment complex along Cimarron Trail near Ben Davis High School on the west side.
“When officers arrived, they located two adult males suffering from injuries consistent with gunshot wounds,” said IMPD Public Information Officer William Young. “One male was transported to an area hospital in stable condition and the other male was pronounced deceased at the scene by IEMS.”
Young said around 12 shots were fired and that it’s not clear yet if someone else shot the two men or if they shot each other. He said right now both men are being treated as “victims” in the case.
Then early Thursday morning at around 3:15 officers were called to a place along Keystone Avenue on the northeast side of downtown between 34th and 38th streets. Officer Michael Hewitt with IMPD said officers arrived to find a man shot and killed.
“Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began canvassing the area for witnesses,” Hewitt said. “Detectives believe the shooting was a result of an attempted business robbery.”
Young said the recent wave of violence in Indianapolis is frustrating for police officers.
“It’s very disheartening … to our officers, to the community,” said Young. “I actually used to patrol in this area and there’s kids out here, and it’s frustrating to our officers that we have to come on to scenes where people are resulting to gun violence and someone ends up deceased.”
With both shooting deaths overnight there have now been five people shot and killed in Indianapolis in the last two days. A woman was also shot Wednesday afternoon near a CVS at the intersection of East 21st Street and North Post Road.
After hearing of the shooting near Ben Davis High School Indy Ten Point Coalition leader Rev. Charles Harrison said on Twitter Wednesday evening the level of violence in Indy is “crazy and should be unacceptable to all residents.”
Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police President Rick Snyder says the city is on pace to see 214 murders this year if things continue at this rate. The all-time record for homicides, set in 2018, is 179.