Broad Ripple residents express concern over violence

Seven people were shot early Saturday, July 5 in Broad Ripple.
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IMPD investigators are trying to determine what caused a shooting spree in Broad Ripple - and who pulled the trigger.

Seven people in all were wounded when gunfire erupted early Saturday morning on Broad Ripple Avenue. One remains in critical condition tonight.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police are appealing to the large number of citizens who were here at the time to step forward to help them solve this crime.

Broad Ripple by day can be a very different place than Broad Ripple by night.

"People are going to come out and be wild. It's becoming a bad area," one of the young people there at the time of the shooting said.

That is how some of the people on Broad Ripple Avenue early Saturday morning described the situation. Seven people were shot, one critically. But so far police have collected more bullet casings than tips.

"We have information. We have clues. We need additional information to verify that because, again, suspect information is one thing and getting the necessary information to convict him is another. We need citizenry to come forward with information," IMPD Chief Rick Hite told the media Monday.

"There were a plethora of citizens who saw what happened and they are not coming forward, they have to live with that. But somebody knows what happened as sure as you and I are standing here," an older gentleman who calls himself "Frog" told Eyewitness News on Broad Ripple Avenue.

For years, people have enjoyed just walking around in Broad Ripple. By day, that is not a problem, but by night, it appears to be a big problem. Especially around the early morning hours. Some of the bars don't close until 3 a.m.

"Anything past midnight and you start to have your overly drunk people who are going to be out here. They spend too much time getting smashed and not worrying about the actual people who are out here," Alexander Whiteman said.

Whiteman and his friend Sarah Hartmann were enjoying a stroll through Broad Ripple by daylight.

"Broad Ripple has been taken from an art community, from a very base loving community, to where it's more about a club scene. As a club scene people don't care about other people. They don't care or show compassion for others as they should," Hartmann observed.

The line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior has blurred.

"We have to make it clear to those who engage in negative behavior in Broad Ripple, there are repercussions to that. You just can randomly bump into someone and feel it's okay to fire rounds in the air," Chief Hite added.

By not coming forward, possible witnesses are sending a very bad message, that this kind of behavior is somehow acceptable. That will hurt Broad Ripple more than help it.