INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two shootings that took place on the same street within a 24-hour period left two people dead in Indianapolis.
The first murder took place early Tuesday along North Kealing Avenue in a near east side neighborhood near 10th and Sherman.
Twenty hours later, a second man was killed less than a block away. The two scenes are separated by just three homes. The cases continue what has been a violent trend on the city’s east side this year.
A late-night knock on a door on Kealing Avenue quickly turned deadly.
“He knew somebody that knocked on the door and then all hell broke loose,” said the victim’s sister, Nikki McMichel.
McMichel says her brother Dominique Dunbar fought with one of the suspects over the gun before being killed.
“They were arguing. They tried to rob the house. They took my brother outside and shot him in the face,” said McMichael.
The victim died before any officers could arrive to help, leaving his sibling in tears.
“He was a good guy man. He was just a great guy,” said McMichel. “He definitely didn’t deserve what he got. Nobody does. Now a lot of people are hurting.”
Just hours before that shooting, police say 44-year-old David Ruby died after he was shot in a garage on Kealing. Witnesses say that too started as a robbery, but IMPD detectives do not believe the two shooting are connected.
“People have to step out of their doors and take some initiative to clean up their streets,” said Rev. Malachi Walker with Young Men, Inc.
Rev. Walker says more community involvement is the only way to stem the east side violence. The area around Kealing has been plagued by homicides this year.
Despite Indianapolis nearing a hundred murders on the year, mayor Joe Hogsett says IMPD is doing all they can by adding more officers and expanding police beats.
“I mean the stats are mind numbing, but I think the city is on the right course,” said Hogsett.
Still, with widespread poverty in many neighborhoods in and around the near east side, Dunbar’s family doesn’t see an end to the violence any time soon.
“There’s nothing out here for these guys to do but rob people. If there’s nothing to do, you make your own way of doing stuff,” said McMichel.
Police still need the public’s help to catch some of the men responsible for both murders. Anyone with information on either of those cases can contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.