Police Chief: Disputes and drugs play a role in recent north side killings

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 1, 2015) - During the past several weeks, violence seems to be picking up on Indy's north side. A 10-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting is just one of seven homicides in the area since late August.

"Few blocks, few incidents, it only take one or two to start a series of events and what we're trying to do is stave it off," said Police Chief Rick Hite.

IMPD's North District is using a several approaches to combat the recent spike. Officers worked with State Police conducting patrols in the same neighborhood where detectives investigated a homicide in the 3500 block of N. Salem on Wednesday. Targeted sweeps are also being conducted to get information on recent shootings and take illegal guns off the street

Chief Hite says personal disputes and drugs are contributing to the recent violence. Police are trying to determine if any of the recent incidents could be connected.

"There are connections as we stated with families, friends and people knowing each other for years and we're seeing that," said Chief Hite.

A moving van was parked at a house right across the street from the spot where the 10-year-old was killed. Residents Clay Thomas and Kyle Jordan lived in the neighborhood for less than three months and they're already moving out.

"When it started to feel like our neighborhood was more like a war zone than a place to live it was time for us to go," said Thomas.

The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association is talking with IMPD and meeting with residents.

"It's cause for concern, residents looking out for their fellow neighbors and really to say enough is enough and that we don't tolerate that activity in this neighborhood such as illegal drugs, or illegal weapons," said Ted Feeney, the neighborhood president.