2 men killed in shooting on Indy’s east side; city stays on pace to match record set last year

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two men are dead after a shooting on Indy's east side.

The shooting happened just before midnight Wednesday in the 3100 block of North Riley Avenue, near East 32nd Street and Emerson Avenue.

Police say an officer was nearby when shots rang out, and he quickly responded to the scene.

25-year-old Johnny Coleman and 25-year-old Charles Lemon were found dead on arrival.

Police have not released any suspect information or a motive.

"My heart bleeds for those families.  There’s no winners," said pastor Darryl Webster.  "This is not just our community problem.  It’s a city problem."

The murder scene sits just behind Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church where pastor Darryl Webster oversees a boot camp outreach project aimed at preventing violence.

The murders brought the number of criminal homicides in Indianapolis this year to 154.  That is exact same number the city saw on this date last year.

Webster doesn’t know the overnight victims, but IMPD reports the two deaths put the city just 3 murders shy of last years all-time record of 157 criminal homicides.

"One of the reasons we stayed in this community is to offer help and heeling, but unfortunately we are not exempt from problems of the community and the city," said Webster.

One area that has seen a huge improvement is the number of murders that ended with arrests.  Just 41 percent of murder cases in 2017 were solved.  That number jumped to 65 percent in 2018.

Still, from poverty, to illegal guns and people turning to violence to solve problems, pastor Webster says the city needs to fix the root causes of crime before the murder numbers will start to fall.

"We’ve got to deal with what’s driving these issues.  Unfortunately, we talk about stats, but we don’t get to the real solutions," said Webster.

So far no arrests have been made in the overnight killing.

Anybody with information, is asked to call IMPD or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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