INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been another violent weekend in Indianapolis. In the last 36 hours, police have responded to multiple shootings and two deadly crashes leaving seven people dead and four others hurt.
The deadly weekend began early Saturday morning. Police say the first incident happened just after midnight on East 21st Street and Central Avenue on the city’s east side. When officers arrived, they found two adults, a man and a woman, with apparent gunshot injuries. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified them as 24-year-old Olivia Katherine Brown and 27-year-old Darian Jamar Wiley.
The next deadly incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning in the 7800 block of Red Mill Drive on Indy’s east side.
Officers found two men, one adult and one juvenile, with gunshot wounds. The juvenile was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, while the second man was pronounced deceased. The juvenile was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Police say they believe some sort of disturbance led up to this shooting.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 17-year-old Jhavon Fisher and 18-year-old Nicholas Powell.
The deadly violence continued into Saturday night.
At 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a walk-in person shot report at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Officers found two victims with gunshot wounds. Both are believed to be in stable condition. Investigators say they believe the initial incident happened in the 3700 block of Ruskin Place.
Just before 10:30 p.m., police responded to a deadly crash in the 4000 block of South East Street. Once on the scene, officers located one person. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe the crash involved a motorcycle and another vehicle.
One hour later, police responded to what is believed to be a fatal hit and run incident on Indy’s northwest side. According to IMPD, a person was hit in the 4900 block of North High School Road. When officers arrived, they located a man lying in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
And several shootings into the early morning hours on Sunday leave one person dead and two others injured.
Just before midnight on Sunday, police responded to reports of a person shot on the city’s west side about 10 miles north of the airport. This was at the intersection near Rockville Road and North Lynhurst Drive. Once on the scene officers found a man with serious injuries. The person is in critical condition.
Around the same time, police responded to a deadly incident in the 1200 block of East Raymond Street on the Near South Side. Here, officers found a man with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The final incident happened in Broad Ripple Village around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning specifically at Guilford and Broad Ripple Avenue. Once on the scene, officers found one person with gunshot wounds. The victim was awake and is believed to be in stable condition.
If you have any information on any of these incidents. Police are asking you to call Crime Stoppers to leave an anonymous tip at (317) 262-TIPS.
The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police released a statement about the violence:
This past weekend, Indianapolis experienced one of the most violent weekends (so far this year).
Our capital city suffered at least 11 people shot, 5 stabbed with 5 people killed (FRI-SUN).
That’s a person shot or stabbed every 4.5 hours and person killed every 14 hours (on average).
Unfortunately, none of our community partners foresee this violent pace slowing through the summer.
From Castleton Mall, to Broad Ripple, to the Fountain Square/Garfield Park neighborhoods and to points in between and beyond: people were shot, stabbed and killed.
Indy is in Crisis.
For years now, our police professionals have raised red flags about this surging violence.
Politicians in Charge shrugged it off.
Something or someone must change.
Our city must start holding violent offenders accountable, by first closing the revolving door of criminal justice.
Residents and Police Officers are stuck in the middle of this violence, yet we do not see our mayor, councillors, prosecutor, judges or so-called violence interruptors on these scenes.
Instead we see grieving mothers, families shattered and lives destroyed.
Where are our Elected and Appointed leaders??
Journalists must begin to consistently ask the tough questions of City and County Officials on behalf of the people.
Evil flourishes when good women and men do nothing.
Indy Can’t Wait.