North side gas stations to add security

A person was shot and killed at the Shell gas station at 38th and Illinois last July.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Customers at two north Indianapolis gas stations should start feeling a lot safer now as the businesses have agreed to hire security guards.

Owners of the Shell gas station at 38th and Capitol and the BP/McDonald's at 38th and Illinois agreed to hire on-site security guards. The increased security comes after Eyewitness News aired a story about the Ten Point Coalition putting pressure on the business about safety.

The same concerns came up at the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association meeting. Ten Point volunteers conduct street patrols in both the Butler Tarkington and Crown Hill neighborhoods during the week and on weekends.

Just this past weekend, police responded to the BP after a man was shot in the stomach. Investigators are on the lookout for three men caught on camera fleeing the business after the shooting. Paramedics rushed the victim, who had fled inside the McDonald's, to the hospital for help.

On July 6, 2017, Metro officers rushed to the Shell station, where they found one person dead from a gunshot wound.

Reverend Charles Harrison shared with Eyewitness News his concerns about blatant drug activity taking place at both gas stations regardless of customers and employees nearby.

The Ten Point Coalition believes the extra security will deter drug activity outside the two locations. The business owners are working with a company that already provides security at other locations considered focus areas for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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