Richard Essex, WISH, October 2, 2021
Just before midnight on Friday in Indianapolis, a man and a woman were shot while sitting in a car. The man didn’t survive.
The shooting is the city’s 200th homicide this year.
For Indy, 2021 was violent from the very beginning.
In April, a mass shooting at a FedEx facility near the airport took the lives of eight people, and the suspect took his own life before police arrived.
In July — the most violent month of the year — 32 people were murdered.
Rev. Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition has been on the frontlines of violence reduction in Indy for more than two decades.
“I am shocked by where we are. I never thought we would be at 200 homicides. When you go back to 2012, we would panic when we got above 100 homicides,” said Harrison.
Harrison says the city has also neglected the revolving door of the justice system.
“Twenty years ago, (we didn’t have) people that were repeat violent offenders being arrested and then right back out on the street,” said Harrison.