Man shot to death on Indy’s near west side marks 4th deadly incident in 2 days

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A violent two days in Indianapolis has left four men dead. Two of the deaths took place Sunday, with two more Monday morning.

The most recent shooting took place on the near west side of Indianapolis Monday morning.

Police responded to the area of North Concord Street and West Walnut Street shortly after 11 a.m. One person was found shot in an alley and pronounced dead on the scene.

The series of gunshots along Walnut street startled those who live nearby.

“It just went pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. Just like that,” said neighbor Mary McQuilling.

When police arrived, they found a man dead. Neighbors say they’ve complained for years about crimes and shootings along Walnut street adjacent to some train tracks.

“We have called CSX and they say it’s not theirs. The city says it’s not theirs. We get back and forth,” said McQuilling.

Twenty-eight hours earlier, on Sunday morning, a different man was found dead lying near his car on the sidewalk of North Lasalle.

"He took care of kids and made sure they did the right thing," said Dell Howard Sr.

Dell Howard Sr. says his son Dell Howard Jr., also known as DJ, was a father of four who loved to coach his son's youth football teams.

"Every time they would play football he would film it and then come here and show me, 'Look daddy. This is what your grandkids did,'" said Howard Sr.

On Sunday night, police were called to a home on Indy's south side and found David Smith shot. That 22-year-old man later died at the hospital.

Just after midnight Monday a fourth man, Orlando Alvarado, was found shot in a northwest side apartment complex. That case is being treated as a death investigation.

Police say it’s not clear what caused the four deadly incidents, but investigators still need the public's help to get justice for all four families.

"A death is still a death. A murder is a murder. It will not be tolerated," said IMPD Sgt. Jim Gillespie.

"I just need to know what happened and who is responsible. Bring them to justice," said Howard Sr.

No arrests have been made on any of the four deadly incidents over the last two days.

The murder of a man in the wooded alley marked the 151st murder in Indianapolis the year. That is the exact same number the city saw on this date last year.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the IMPD at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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