INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 27, 2015) - In a matter of a week police have investigated four homicides on the near north side, including the killing of a 16-year-old. All of the incidents happened less than two miles apart. Police are still looking for suspects in three of the cases.
"Certainly something that we need to look into further, I mean anytime that you have a rash of violence confined in a geographical area, small such as that we certainly need to look into what the root causes are for that," said Lt. Richard Riddle with IMPD.
Officers responded to 40th and Boulevard after multiple reports that shots were fired in the area Wednesday night around 10:15 p.m. They found a man who was shot in the 300 block of Bernard Ave. He died at the hospital. Police identified him as 32-year-old Clarence "Wade" Havvard. Investigators are still looking for a suspect.
"Our victim from last night's shooting was actually sitting outside with some friends on the front porch, they left, went to walk away gunshots came from in between the two houses and struck our victim in the chest," said Lt. Riddle.
The violence in the area began on August 20 when 16-year-old Jaylen Johnson was shot to death in the backyard of a vacant home in the 300 block of W. 31 Street. A 16-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with his death. The intersection of 34 and Illinois has been identified as one of the city's focus areas, known as a hotbed for crime.
On August 22, 38-year-old Nakaia Smith was shot in the 3300 block of S. Lyons Ave. Just days later, 20-year-old Marshawn Frazier was shot and killed on a sidewalk in the 4000 block of Byram Ave.
Anyone with information about these recent homicides is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.