Ongoing dispute between neighbors leads to one woman shooting another

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS (March 25, 2015) - An ongoing dispute between to women neighbors turned violent early Wednesday morning when investigators say one shot the other.

A woman called for help from near West 18th and North Harding Streets around 6:30 a.m. saying her neighbor shot her in the side. She was taken to the hospital with injuries to her hand and leg.

IMPD officers said the shooter was barricaded inside her home so the SWAT team was called to the scene.

In less than half an hour, the suspect was arrested.

IMPD Chief Rick Hite and the Ten Point Coalition were at the scene, which is less than two miles from the site of Tuesday's quadruple murder scene.

Chief Hite said, "It would have been nice to call us and let us know to make sure we’re aware of it and we have opportunities to mediate disputes. We have people in the community willing to step up, do that and talk about mental health but one way or another we’re going to arrive at the scene and we just don’t want to take away a body. You take the loser to the morgue and the winner to jail. That’s not what we want to do in our community."

"I think what happens is, I’m going to handle it myself, is what you hear," Chief Hite continued. "And because it’s been the culture in some neighborhoods, we handle our business this way, is the barrel of a gun, that has to stop. That’s why we chose this focus area. It has to stop. It’s uncivil and we have community people rising up, enough is enough, we have to recognize our children."

"People don’t get along very well and they use weapons as a means to solve their conflict. In each of these cases we have information received that these people knew the assailant. These are not strangers. When we tell you 100% of the suspects have criminal histories, and those victims have criminal histories, we’re not kidding about that. It’s true."

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