Police facing rash of carjackings this spring

One of the city's latest carjackings happened in daylight on N. Elder Avenue.
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As Metro police tackle the city's latest wave of surprise attacks on people in their driveways, they are looking closely at another dangerous crime - carjackings.

In April 2012, Indianapolis residents reported seven carjackings, then eight more the following month. Since April 1 this year, police have responded to 21 carjackings.

The attacks have happened all over the metro area. The suspects in an attempted carjacking on Sunday drove down an alley, pulled out a gun in broad daylight and shot the victim twice while demanding the keys to his car.

A Good Samaritan rushed to the aid of his neighbor following the shooting.

"It happened right here, in broad daylight," said the man, named Brian.

Brian was never expecting to spend Mother's Day coming to the rescue of his neighbor, who was shot by carjackers. The shooting happened around 7 p.m. on North Elder Avenue.

As Brian fed his dogs in the backyard, a somewhat familiar sound briefly got his attention.

"Heard a couple of gunshots, I didn't think much of it. I came back around front, right here on my porch. I saw him laying right there on the neighbor's porch," Brian said.

The 39-year-old father says the suspects targeted his Chrysler 300, parked in the garage. Metro police detectives are investigating back-to-back surprise attacks over the past couple of weeks, including a man attacked behind his Park Avenue home just after midnight.

Robbers also attacked a 26-year-old woman leaving an apartment on North Denny Street.

"You never know when something is going to happen. You can never tell," Brian said.

He says because of what happened on his street Sunday, he's taking extra steps to keep his family safe.

"I was just telling my son that is the reason why I don't let him do certain things he asks to do," Brian said.

Now, until officers start seeing fewer carjackings and get a grip on the surprise attacks on people in their driveways, police say to stay alert about who's driving around in your neighborhood, no matter where you live.

If you have any information that could help police in any of the driveway attacks or carjackings, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.