INDIANAPOLIS — One person is dead after a shooting on Indy’s near northeast side Thursday evening.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened in the area of E. 30th Street and Keystone Avenue around 6:30 p.m.
The department said officers patrolling the area found a car accident with a man suffering from injuries consistent with gunshot wounds inside. IEMS pronounced the man dead at the scene.
On Friday, the victim was identified as 22-year-old Daniel Baxter.
“This is a large scene there’s a lot of people behind me,” Officer William Young said. This area of 30th and Keystone is a heavily traveled area, there’s a lot of commercial property as well as a lot of homes in this area.”
The IMPD said the death is Indianapolis’s 153rd intentional homicide of the year, officially tying the intentional homicide record.
“We’re losing our young men and women at a rate throughout this country that is unacceptable. It is unacceptable,” Officer Young said.
The department says it is important for the community to come together to learn how to resolve conflict without picking up a gun and firing at someone.
Even with meeting the intentional homicide record, Officer Young says Indianapolis is safe.
“I know tons of people in this community who live in this neighborhood. This city is safe. Our police department will work hand-in-hand with the community, our admin is working hand in hand with the community”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement, calling it a difficult milestone.
Tonight’s heartbreaking news marks a difficult milestone in a historically challenging year. Indianapolis has not been immune from the national trends impacting major U.S. cities and we will continue to invest in initiatives that address violent crime including community-based beat policing and targeted grassroots programming.Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett
The Fraternal Order of Police released a statement, calling on city leaders to come to the table to find solutions to prevent the violence.
Indianapolis has reached a historic and tragic milestone. Over a year ago, our FOP stood shoulder to shoulder with Reverend Charles Harrison at a downtown intersection following another mass casualty incident.
We raised red flags and warned of the surging violence and implored city leaders to set politics aside and come to the table to find solutions to interrupt and prevent the violence. Indy’s elected leaders rejected the opportunity and instead scoffed and told the community they had a plan.
Sadly, the surging violence continued with homicides rising at a pace nearly 45% higher than last year. Our peace officers have been hamstrung by the political posturing and our broken system of ‘revolving door’ criminal justice continues to contribute to the problem.
We must put people over politics and join alongside one another as residents, officers, and business leaders. We deserve better from elected leaders.”FOP Statement
The department encourages anyone that was in the area around 6:30 p.m. that heard or saw anything to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.
“Even if you heard something and it didn’t stand well with you, you might not think it’s important but every piece of information that we receive is important,” Officer Young said.
Officer Young says every piece of information they get is extremely important.