INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Metropolitan police are investigating a fatal shooting on the city’s south side.
Officers were called to the 1400 block of Knox Street, near East Troy Avenue and Carson Avenue, just before 1 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a person shot.
Police said a man was found in critical condition, and later died after being transported to Eskenazi Hospital. The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified him Thursday as 55-year-old Thomas Raymer, who died from multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide.
“Neighbors had heard several shots being fired, went next door to check on their neighbor when they observed that he had apparent gunshot wound,” IMPD Officer Genae Cook said.
Police said they believe this is the 148th criminal homicide so far this year. That’s just one case shy of last year’s record number of 149 murders.
“Just one word disturbing. I’ve seen nothing happen differently from last year, no programs in place on how we’re gonna get that number down,” City-County Councilor Scott Kreider said. “I’m proactively looking at some things with some folks in administration possibly for next year that we can do out on the streets, some programs and things to try to combat the problem.”
The numbers are concerning for some councilors.
“Today we find our city at or near last year’s record murder rate and we still have three weeks to go in 2017. Numbers don’t lie and they clearly indicate that more needs to be done, specifically in our City’s investment in crime prevention,” Councilor Jeff Coats said in a statement.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to a felony arrest.