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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Faith leaders and police teamed up to try and keep the peace on Indy’s near northeast side. This week, four people were shot in one night in what police say appears to be a series of gang-related attacks.

The shootings started Sunday at 34th and Keystone when 30-year-old Jakoby Scott was murdered.

After a police chase which ended with a crash, the alleged triggerman Donavhon Troutman was arrested and charged with murder, but the violence didn’t stop there.

On Wednesday, night dozens of gunshots rang out, leaving four people wounded, all retaliation between two gangs involved in a drug war.

Friday night, faith will walk the streets in the area all night in what they hope will be a long-term effort to stop the violence.

“We’re sick and tired of violence and gangs and drugs going on in that area, so we’re going to start some peace walks,” said Rev. Malachi Walker with Young Men, Inc.

On Thursday, dozens of IMPD SWAT team members, gang detectives, narcotics unit and Marion County sheriff's deputies fanned out to the neighborhoods.

Now, faith leaders will do the same.

“We’re gonna blitz that area and it’s going to be a continual thing. This is not a one-time shot. We’re going to continue doing this,” said Walker.

Walker especially wants churches in the area to help keep up the peace efforts for the long haul.

“What we want is churches to pick a day of the week to do peace walks and knock on doors and talk to people,” said Walker.

In a strange twist, the make shift memorial set up to honor Jakoby Scott burned down overnight.

Only a small patch of charred grass remains where teddy bears once sat. Investigators don’t know if the fire was accidental or intentional. Either way, Walker says his goal is to make sure tensions in the area don’t get inflamed any further and to break the cycle of violence among the various gangs.

“It’s about changing their hearts to a better life and it’s not easy, but it can be done,” said Walker.

So far, no arrests have been made in any of the four non-fatal shootings.

Police say the victims in those cases have not been cooperative. All four are expected to survive.

 

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