2 killed in violent weekend results in 9 homicides in 11 days in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two men are dead following a pair of shootings in Indianapolis.

The victims were killed Sunday night and early Monday morning. One of the crimes took place on the east side.  The other occurred on the north side.

Just before midnight, at an apartment complex near 91st and College, a series of gunshots were heard by neighbors.

“It sounded like 10 shots,” said neighbor Dawonda Gillespy.

“It like repeated.  Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.  They was making sure he was dead.  They wanted to make sure of it,” said another neighbor.

One of those witnesses asked not to be identified, but ran outside after the shots and found the victim, Datreal Tubbs, dead in the parking lot.

“Something told me go to see who it is and it was his body crumpled between two vehicles,” said that neighbor.

A map of the city, with murders in red, shows how on the north side this year there have not been any other homicides for several miles around the scene of the overnight shooting.

“It’s very very sad because as a community this doesn’t happen to us. We live here in peace,” said Gillespy.

Just three hours later, police were called to a street on the east side and found another man, Edward Branch, shot in the front yard of a home on Commodore Drive. That killing took place just two blocks away from Magnolia Place where two people were killed and a child shot in the hand on July 2.

On the last day of June, the mayor and police chief announced 24 arrests as part of the ongoing Operation First Step.  The goal is to get drugs and guns off the streets. The mayor acknowledged then that the fight against violent crime is an ongoing battle.

“These problems didn’t occur overnight, so we’re not going to solve them overnight, but the IMPD is focused on root causes of the crime,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Unfortunately, since that day there have been nine homicides in 11 days.  One each on the west, north and south sides, and six on the east side.

“I just think people need to value the price of life.  It’s very easy to take a life, but it’s hard to explain to these kids where their dad is now,” said Gillespy.

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