IMPD, Ten Point team up to patrol downtown Indy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Six people were shot last Saturday night in downtown Indianapolis outside the Steak N’ Shake at Illinois and Maryland street.
The Indy Ten-Point Coalition has teamed up with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in an effort to keep Indy safe.
“We just want to be more present and have people out here just to prevent anything from happening,” said IMPD Downtown District Sgt. Steve Duell.
But they can’t do it alone. That’s why they called the Ten Point Coalition.
“People are kind of fed up with the violence downtown. This is the second mass shooting this year, so we’re seeing a trend that is certainly concerning to all of us in the city,” said Rev. Charles Harrison with the Indy Ten Point Coalition.
Many in the city of Indianapolis are speaking out after the tragic events that echoed through the streets of downtown last Saturday. Six people were shot in a matter of seconds. Many of the victims were innocent bystanders.
Police say they usually have a problem with kids, but this was a random and isolated incident.
“Random for downtown,” said Sgt. Duell.
Some of the members of Indy Ten Point are everyday people hoping to create change. One of their goals is to let people know that recent violence does not reflect the city of Indianapolis.
“For the larger community, my message is that we cannot let isolated incidents shape this city. Downtown Indianapolis is one of the best downtowns in America. By and far is one of the best,” said Harrison.
That is why they are on the streets in an effort to stop the violence. Police say help is always needed.
“All the extra help is a great plus. Our district on the weekends, we normally bring extra people already,” said Sgt. Duell.
Officers make their presence known downtown on bikes, motorcycles, in squad cars and on foot.
“If there is any concern, then certainly we will involve IMPD if we feel like we can’t handle it,” said Rev. Harrison.
The Indy Ten Point Coalition sat on all four corners of Illinois and Maryland Streets like an eye in the sky while assuring people of their safety.
“This is not the image that we want for our city,” Harrison said.
Police say there is an ongoing search for the unidentified suspect in last weekend’s shooting.
“I’m hoping that somebody knows who this person is and will just call us and report it,” said Sgt. Duell.
If you have any information that could help police, please call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).