Richard Gootee, Indianapolis Star, July 19, 2010
City officials already are working to tighten security at future Black Expo events after Saturday’s string of Downtown shootings.
Three separate shootings near Circle Centre mall left 10 people injured. Police think that nine of the 10 victims were wounded by a single gunman
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub told The Star’s news-gathering partner, WTHR (Channel 13), that city officials are working on a plan that includes creating a so-called safe zone used at larger events such as the Super Bowl so law enforcement can search for weapons.
The violence has already caught the attention of national black religious leaders. Atlanta-area pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, released a statement on Sunday calling for cooperation in finding a solution to the national youth violence problem.
“Don’t stop the Expo, but yes stop the crime, stop the unemployment, stop poor educational systems,” he said. “The Indiana Black Expo has a moral and spiritual base that cannot be stopped.”