INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 8, 2014) - During a period of 24 hours, police responded to four unrelated shooting incidents this past weekend in Indianapolis. Two of those shooting victims died as a result of their injuries.
In the wake of this violence, the city is maintaining its focus on six target areas that have a disproportionate amount of crime. Plans are still moving forward to establish designated community captains for each area.
In the meantime, officials have identified common problems in each neighborhood including; vacant homes, programs to keep young people out of trouble and access to mental health services.
So far only one target neighborhood has a designated community leader. The Shepherd Community leader has stepped up get involved in the area surrounding East New York and North Sherman Drive.
Shepherd Community Center is looking at ways to engage the surrounding neighborhood.
"How do we open up what we do here to additional people out in the community as well as engaging partner to help us do that," said Andrew Green, Chief Program Officer at Shepherd Community Center.
Police are still investigating the shootings that happened over the weekend. In three of the cases, they are still looking for suspects.
The first shooting happened just before midnight Saturday near a northeast side liquor store. A few hours later, police responded to a shooting near Club Syllowett on East 38th where two people were shot and one person died as a result of his injuries.
The third shooting happened Sunday night around 9 p.m. at 38th and Tacoma. The victim T.J. Steenbergen died during surgery. Then around 11:45 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 3100 block of East Kentucky.
"In most of these four this weekend there have been some type of eyewitness and that is critical to our investigators to try and determine who is the perpetrators in these particular shootings," said Sgt. Kendale Adams with IMPD.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. All tipsters can remain anonymous.