Indianapolis homicide rate up 60 percent over 2012
Three people were killed in a nine-hour span in Indianapolis over the past two days. It's part of an alarming trend in the city's murder rate.
One man was found in the street, shot to death around 3:00 am. Another died at the hospital after getting shot around 10:00 pm Monday night, and the third was killed in an east side apartment at around 6:00 pm Monday.
It's a story WTHR has reported again and again this year, and it's adding up for the city. The homicide rate is up nearly 60 percent in Indianapolis.
If the current trend continues, Indianapolis is on pace to double last year's homicide rate. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, who has been on the job for seven months, says it will take time to reverse the trend.
The newly-formed Violent Crimes Efficiency Team has been meeting since March, and consists of IMPD Chief Rick Hite, other law enforcement and criminal justice officials as well as community representatives like the 10-Point Coalition. The task force is looking at everything from truancy to offender re-entry, and was expected to submit its "summer plan" by last week with a final version at the end of the month.
Meantime, homicide investigators are actively looking for the suspect in the murder that happened on South Sheridan Avenue at 3:00 am Monday. When police got to the scene, they found 24-year-old Beswan Allen suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died before paramedics could get him to the hospital.
Just hours before that, Metro Police responded to the 4400 block of Stouffer Lane. That's where they found 19-year-old Tyron Woods suffering from a single gunshot wound. He died on the scene as well. Police were already working on another deadly shooting that happened a few hours earlier.
This is a developing story that will be updated.