Police, community leaders seeking answers to April violence


Friday was a violent day, with shootings and crime scene tape strewn across Indianapolis.

Investigators rushed from one crime scene to the next all afternoon as police, faith and community leaders prepare for a march tonight, calling for a stop to violence.

Five days into the month, there has already been more than a shooting per day in April.

More and more people who live in high crime zip codes are joining that call to stop the violence. Not just in April, but for good.

Some of those folks will join church leaders and police for faith walks Friday in neighborhoods where the violence is off the chain.

"Bullets ain't got no names," said a north Indianapolis grandmother known as "Too Much."

She says already has seen too much violence in her neighborhood.

Police were back at 31st Street and Graceland Avenue on another shooting in less than 24 hours Friday. This time, a woman was hurt in a drive-by shooting.

Too Much fears a bullet could have hit one of her grandchildren.

"I hear too many shots. Mainly, my kids don't even be out here. I am only out here because I am cleaning up my yard and my house," she said.

As investigators collected shell casings from the scene, police say people in the neighborhood can help Indianapolis meet its goal of less violence in April.

The shooting on Graceland came after more than a half-dozen shootings this month alone, making the call to stop the violence in April even more important.

Also overnight, paramedics took two wounded people to the hospital from a shooting on the northwest side. One of the victims was abandoned outside a local mall.

Police say there is no way they can stop this kind of violence alone.

"Citizens and police department working hand in hand, that's the number one solution to this issue," said IMPD North District Sgt. Russell Burns.

Whether April results in less violence or not, the violence seen by Too Much has already had a huge impact.

"When I am finished cleaning up, we're fixing to go in the house and watch us a movie," she said.

So it's inside, where she and the grandchildren hope it's much safer.