Deadly weekend in Indianapolis: 6 people dead at the hands of gun violence

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UPDATE (December 30, 2019): The Marion County Coroner has ruled the cause and manner of the death at 1000 N. Tuxedo as "undetermined" and has been removed from the 2019 homicide count.

Original Story (April  8, 2019):

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s been a deadly weekend in Indianapolis. Six people died because of gun violence, and all the shootings happening within 24 hours of each other.

"When the weather tends to warm up, we tend to have a lot of more violence on the streets. So it should be concerning to all of us, and it's why we have to address it immediately," Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition Board President Reverend Charles Harrison said.

The first shooting happened on the city’s north side. Police found a man with gunshot wounds lying in the middle of Bellefontaine Street on Saturday night. He died at the scene.

Less than two hours later, police responded to an apartment complex on Twin Oaks Drive. A man was suffering from a gunshot wound. He died, too.

"It’s so widespread, and it’s so senseless," Reverend Harrison  said.

Police say the man was visiting friends at the apartment complex before he was shot. They have not yet determined a motive.

Fast forward two hours into Sunday morning—police say two more people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a “motorcycle club hangout” on Roosevelt Ave. Police believe members of at least two or three different motorcycle clubs were inside, and some disagreement led to the shooting.

"That’s not the first time that things have broke out down there. Fights break out there all the time," Kilbert said.

Police say the fifth victim of the weekend was shot and killed as he was walking along 34th  Street and Franklin Road. Police say a car drove up, and the assailant got out of the car to fire a gun. Police say the 17-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Detectives are gathering information from witnesses, so they are going to try and gather the most accurate information possible," Officer Genae Cook said.

The sixth victim was shot and killed in the 1000 block of North Tuxedo just after 9:30 p.m.

"We have so many interpersonal conflicts that is leading to violence, and that’s really different than 20 years ago when I started doing this work," Reverend Harrison said.

Reverend Harrison released the following statement on Monday morning in response to the violence:

The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition was saddened by the outbreak of violence this weekend in Indianapolis that claimed the lives of 6 individuals by acts of senseless violence. As a city Indianapolis we cannot continue to tolerate this level of senseless violence that has a disregard for the sanctity of human life. The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition calls on all residents of Indianapolis to promote peace, and to handle their conflicts with other in a peaceful and non-violent way. This is our city Indianapolis and all of us must care and do all we can together to reduce violence, restore hope, and help improve the quality of life for every resident in this city.

In all these cases, police haven't told us if any arrests have been made. If you have any information on these shootings, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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