INDIANAPOLIS — One man dead and four others are wounded following an early morning house party in Butler-Tarkington.
Police believe an argument at the party on Graceland led to dozens of shots being fired.
According to the Fraternal Order of Police, there have now been more than 1,000 people shot or stabbed in the city in just over 300 days. That’s an average of more than three per day, every single day, for nearly a full year.
Everyone is fed up with those numbers.
“This is what it’s like when you shoot somebody. This is what happens. This is the aftermath. People are suffering,” said shooting victim Klayton Franklin.
Klayton was not one of the five victims from the shooting on Graceland, but he knows the pain gunfire can cause.
Speaking from his hospital bed, through a trachea in his throat and with his mouth wired shut, Klayton recalled being shot nearly two weeks ago while working on a car outside a home on Chester.
“I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’m going through right now. There’s no reason for this. Put the guns down,” said Franklin.
“We’ve got to get everybody involved, because there’s too many people with no moral compass and who have no regard for the sanctity of human life,” said Reverend Charles Harrison with Indy Ten Point.
While it’s not clear what led to the early morning shooting on Graceland, Reverend Harrison blames easy access to guns and a code of silence for the ongoing surge in violence city wide.
“I’ve said this before, we have to learn how to come together and handle conflict resolution without picking up a handgun and hurting someone,” said IMPD Officer William Young.
Klayton has been hospitalized for 10 days with no release in sight. He hopes everyone realizes the emotional toll that daily shootings have on so many families like his.
“We don’t have to do this. We don’t have to shoot each other. We don’t have to kill each other,” said Franklin.
The shooting on Graceland is just a dozen homes away from where 10-year-old Deshaun Swanson was murdered in 2015.
That case and the one Monday morning remain unsolved.