INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- With 13 murders in the last 15 days, Indianapolis continues to deal with a rising tide of violent crime.
On Wednesday, three people were murdered including two men near 30th and Gladstone. In response, the IMPD’s top cop went to the east side in person to try and calm tensions.
Chief Troy Riggs walked along Gladstone where the two bodies were found with a simple message.
“I’m here today talking to citizens. They need to know their police department is doing all they can to keep them safe,” said Riggs.
“When I heard about it, it sounded so gruesome,” said neighbor Carrie Turner. “That’s scary to me.”
Carrie Turner is one of several people who live on Gladstone that personally met with Chief Riggs.
Just hours before the murders on Gladstone, another woman was found shot and killed inside a parked car on the far east side.
The chief admits 13 murders in 15 days in Indianapolis is alarming.
“Certainly we’re concerned with what we’ve seen in September, but in August we were trending down. It shows how quickly these things can change,” said Riggs.
“I’m taking it personal because the numbers are going up,” said Rev. Malachi Walker with Young Men Inc.
Despite dozens of friends and family members who flooded Gladstone on Wednesday, Rev. Walker was the only high profile religious leader to come to the scene.
He says it’s time for more faith groups to join together and pool their resources to combat the east side violence.
“The talking needs to be done with. It’s time for action. Something needs to be done here on the east side,” said Walker.
Still, during his walk down Gladstone, Chief Riggs cautions the solution to the city’s murder problem is not a quick fix.
“What we have to do as a department and community is to change the tide long term. We have to focus on quality of life issues and social issues,” said Riggs.
Right now the city stands at 106 murders this year. At the same time last year we were at 93.
So far, no arrests have been made in any of the deaths from Wednesday.