Man dead after shooting on north side; first murder in Crown Hill neighborhood in more than a year

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis man is shot and killed breaking a streak of 369 days with no murders in one north side neighborhood.

Dispatchers said a person was shot and killed in the 3600 block of Kenwood Avenue.  That’s in the Crown Hill neighborhood.

According to IMPD, the victim was a male who suffered at least one gunshot wound.

Some community leaders had one thought after getting the news.

“What went through my mind is ‘Oh no!’ because Crown Hill has gone over a year without a homicide,” said Indy 10 Point Coalition Rev. Charles Harrison.

Last year at a Burger King on Illinois a 21-year-old man died after being shot in the parking lot.

The death of Anthony Dean was the last of 9 murders in Crown Hill in 2015.

Just 5 days ago on Sunday police and leaders with the 10 Point Coalition held a peace walk celebrating 365 days without a murder in Crown Hill.

The Friday morning shooting on Kenwood snapped that streak.

“Violence only brings about more violence and we’re trying to create an atmosphere of peace.  We have done it for a year and we’re going to start all over after today,” said Harrison.

“A homicide anywhere is tragic, but in an area that has seen a renewed commitment to safety, it certainly is troubling,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

In an update Friday afternoon, police said the shooting didn't appear to be a random act and believe the victim was specifically targeted.  Investigators say witnesses on scene were willing to assist police.

“I think the residents of this community will band together to help police identify a suspect or suspects in this case,” said Adams.

Two men were arrested for Dean’s murder last year.  The hope is the work being done in Crown Hill to foster peace will lead to a quick arrest of the Kenwood killer as well.

“We’re going to protect those people that were willing to come forward today and give evidence and send a message to the individuals responsible this is not going to be tolerated and you will be brought to justice.  That’s going to be the message.  We’re not going to tolerate this,” said Harrison.

So far police have not released the name of the man killed on Kenwood and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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