East side homicide renews concern over summer violence in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- One man is dead after an overnight shooting on Indianapolis’s east side.

The victim was shot multiple times at a home on Chester Avenue. That’s where a party ended with gunfire in the middle of the night. Anthony Walker, 23, died on the scene.

After the sun came out, detectives found a possible murder weapon, a loaded high-power rifle in an alley just a block away.

“Anybody could have picked that gun up and it could have been terrible, because it was loaded,” said IMPD Sgt. Jack Simpson.

“The crime keeps escalating each year,” said reverend Malachi Walker.

Reverend Walker knows the murder on Chester is just the latest in what has become another violent year. So far in 2016, Indianapolis has seen 53 murders.   Last year at the same time there were 42 murders.

Even more alarming, after June 1 last year the violence erupted ending with 144 murders on the year.

That comes out to more than a hundred murders in the last seven months.

“We’ve got to step up and we’ve got to do something, because this is a critical issue right now with our kids in the summer,” said Walker.

“Indianapolis has seen an uptick in youth violence and crime over the summer months,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Last month, Hogsett launched Project Indy, a jobs program for kids including more than a dozen agencies with the goal of keeping kids off the streets during the summer months.

“What the mayor is doing with summer jobs is needed and right on. I appreciate that,” said Walker.

Reverend Walker praises the city’s jobs program, but wishes more businesses and churches like his would do the same to keep the city safe when the weather heats up.

“It takes the whole community to come together. It’s gonna be hot. If our homicide rate is high now, you can imagine in next two months how it’s going to continue to rise,” said Walker.

So far no arrests have been made in the shooting on Chester Avenue. A second person got injured jumping out a window on the scene, but that person is not suspected of the shooting.

 

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