INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating an intentional hit-and-run on the near west side.
IMPD responded to a report of a pedestrian struck in the 1000 block of N. Centennial Street, near 11th and Tibbs, at around 9 a.m. Monday.
The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition and declared deceased shortly after arriving.
The victim was hit in a front yard where a large white bumper was located.
“Preliminarily they believe this hit and run was intentional so this is currently being investigated as a homicide,” said IMPD officer Samone Burris.
The death continues what has been a violent start to 2022 in Indianapolis, which has seen three homicides in just three days.
Starting four hours into the New Year on Saturday, police claim a large disturbance in a parking lot outside a restaurant on Madison Avenue resulted in a man being stabbed to death.
Several witnesses were detained but were later released pending review by the prosecutor’s office.
Later that night, an officer on patrol along Walnut Street spotted a man down in the road. That victim, identified by family as Shane Furman, appeared to have been shot and killed.
“I’ve lost 15 family members gunned down in the last seven years and none of them have been solved. I’ve got the pain,” said Bishop Derek Jefferson.
Bishop Jefferson, with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Indianapolis, understands the pain those families are feeling. That’s why last year he helped launch the Peace in the Streets, Stop the Violence initiative.
Jefferson believes this year community and church groups need to do a better job partnering with each other and with police.
“Our faith-based community has been and is divided,” said Jefferson. “We’ve got to come together and put our minds together and not be divided.”
“Everybody plays a part,” agrees Burris. “We need everybody’s assistance.”
So far no arrests have been made in any of this year’s homicides.
Anyone with information on any of those cases is still asked to contact either IMPD or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.