IMPD searches for gunman after woman killed, man shot on west side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman is dead and a man remains in the hospital after a shooting on Indy's west side.

At this hour police are still trying to figure out who fired the fatal shots.

Police were called to the 3400 block of Auburn Road around 12 a.m. and found a car with a shattered windshield and 47-year-old Stephanie Harris shot and killed.

While police investigated that shooting, they received a call about a man shot less than two miles away at W 30th Street and Lafayette Road, right in front of a Burger King restaurant.

Investigators say the two cases are connected, although it's still not clear who pulled the trigger.

Harris's death brings the total number of homicides around Indianapolis this year to 62, with 52 being criminal murders.

In comparison, last year on the same date the city had 66 homicides and 60 murders.

“Homicide numbers are down, but any homicide is way too many in our city,” said IMPD officer Aaron Hamer.

IMPD leadership hopes a return to community based policing, with officers walking beats and engaging with the community, will start to reduce violent crime.

By the end of this year the IMPD plans to increase the number of beats from less than 80 to more than 100.

“Our goal is going to continue beat policing so we know people in our areas, so we can try to figure out and stop these crimes before they actually occur,” said Hamer.

“The community are the police and the police are the community.  We have to do that collaboratively to be successful,” said FOP president Rick Snyder.

While praising the return to beat policing, Snyder says there need to be more discussion on ways to treat mental illness, addiction and other social disorders that drive violent crime, without celebrating a short term change in the crime numbers.

“We’ve got to go to the front end and say what are the attributes that are causing the crime that our police officers are responding to,” said Snyder. “We should never be in a position where we find value in whether we’re 4 less murders than where we were last year.  That’s dismissive of the victims.”

Police have not released any suspect information in the overnight homicide, but anyone with information on the case can still contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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