INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis homicide detectives are hard at work following a violent 24 hours.
Just after 5:30 a.m., a 22-year-old was found shot dead in the 2700 block of Lullwater Lane. That’s on the far east side. Just hours later, another man’s body was discovered inside a burning truck in the 3600 block of Dearborn street.
Those crimes marked the 8th and 9th homicide in the last week in Indianapolis.
Police and fire crews scoured a charred pickup for clues after neighbors found it ablaze just before sunrise.
“The car was engulfed in flames outside and inside and a couple pops went off,” said neighbor Marquis Zamora.
Marquis quickly backed away from the flames and it wasn’t until the smoke cleared that fire fighters found a man dead inside the truck.
“I didn’t know there was a dead body in back, but I went to see if there was anything inside the car and I just couldn’t find anything,” said Zamora.
“It is not clear if there was other trauma suffered by the victim other than obvious trauma of the fire,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.
Police wouldn’t say how the victim in the pickup died, but say the crime appears to be connected to an early morning murder on Lullwater.
The same day a 15-year-old was killed while apparently attempting to rob someone on the southeast side.
In all, there have been nine homicides in Indianapolis in the last seven days and police admit their ongoing raids targeting drug dealers around the city could be playing a role.
“We are disrupting drug trade tremendously and the byproduct is a turf war,” said Adams.
“I don’t know if its gang violence or what the cause is, but it has to stop. It’s too much,” said neighbor Isabella Senn.
So far no arrests have been made in the two homicides Wednesday morning.
In fact, of the nine homicides in the last week, only one suspect was caught and that person likely acted in self-defense and was not arrested.
Anyone with information on any of the other cases is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.