Indianapolis authorities investigate multiple shootings in 48 hours

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2015) – Detectives are investigating multiple shootings in Indianapolis that happened within 48 hours.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police have not arrested anyone in connection to the death of a 13-year-old boy who was killed Monday. It happened in the 3600 block of Decamp Drive on the east side.

Early Tuesday, around 4 a.m., two people were shot near the 100 block of North Sheffield Avenue. One of the victims was killed. The other victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. The double shooting, along North Sheffield Avenue, led investigators to a home at the intersection of Creston Drive and Holt Avenue. SWAT was called to the location. The suspect did not live at that home.

Bradley Baldwin, 37, was preliminarily charged with murder and attempted murder. There was a woman who was taken into custody during the SWAT standoff. Authorities released her because she was not involved in the case. Baldwin had two warrants out for him; one of them was for violating probation for intimidation. The second warrant was for failure to return to lawful detention.

According to authorities, Baldwin had walked away from a work release program.

IMPD arrested a second suspect connected to Tuesday’s double shooting. Cecil Warner, 37, was also preliminarily charged with murder and attempted murder. Warner was arrested at a home on Belmont Avenue that was not connected to the case.

Also on Tuesday, detectives responded to the 8500 block of Athens Court about a 31-year-old man, who was found with his face down to the ground. Authorities said the man was shot to death. IMPD did not provide any further details about the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said the department continues to monitor crime and crime trends in the area.

Data through October 2014 revealed burglaries and larcenies were down, Riggs said. Riggs said homicides were up--even though in December 2014 fewer people died than in December 2013. He said the number was down by 10.

“Every death has to be treated for what it is (and) it is a tragedy. I don’t care what their background is, but what we’re going to see today is 92 percent…in 2014, 92 percent of our suspects had a criminal past. We have to do more about keeping people that have a propensity to commit violence with a weapon in prison longer,” Riggs said.

Riggs said the focus needs to be on deep rooted issues in the community like mental illness and moving resources to work on those issues. Riggs said it is troubling to know there are so many repeat offenders. Riggs said he is optimistic crime can be reduced long term, if everyone works together.

“We believe one of the reasons homicides are up in 2014 is that we have hardened criminals that have been in jail and out of jail that are starting to target witnesses and potential witnesses,” Riggs said.

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