Broad Ripple bars to close for a day one year after shooting injured seven

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 3, 2015) -- Who could forget the chaos in Broad Ripple one year ago after seven people were shot. Now, some bars are deciding to shut down this Fourth of July. Many of the owners and managers say the memories of that shooting on July 4, 2014 haven't been erased.

"I think the incident stemmed from someone bumping into someone on the street and they took that as a sign of disrespect. That's unnecessary to pull out a weapon and shoot," said Lt. Chris Bailey, Commander of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's (IMPD) north district.

That fight injured six men and one woman. To keep that from happening again, dozens of extra officers will be patrolling Broad Ripple on bikes, foot, in uniform and in plain clothes.

"If you're gonna come to Broad Ripple, we want you to come in the spirit of peace and be responsible and be respectful of everybody that comes there," Bailey added. "If you're doing that, then we won't have any issues."

Around half a dozen Broad Ripple bars will be closed this Fourth of July. None of the bar owners or managers would say crime concern is the chief reason, they would say lack of business is.

"Gonna be beautiful weather, people want to stay home, they want to have people over, they want to cook out. They don't want to sit inside and have dinner in a restaurant," said Justin McKeand, who sits on the board for the Broad Ripple Village Association.

McKeand added big events happening in and around Indy this weekend are another reason for the bar closures.

Even so, businesses say the tone of Broad Ripple has improved over the last year thanks in part to better policing and a new north district commander.

"He has been very, very proactive with the officers that are here in the area in trying to get out ahead of the crime, as opposed to reacting to the crime," McKeand said.

Bar owners and managers say because they are family owned, they want to give their workers a chance to enjoy the holiday. In the meantime, police say the extra patrols will be here all weekend.

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