Community reacts to city's night of violence

INDIANAPOLIS - The community has been dealing with the fallout from a wild night of gun violence across Indianapolis Thursday into Friday. Six people went to the hospital with gunshot wounds, and all are expected to survive. But the list of casualties could have gone much higher.

In the 3900 block of Hillside Avenue, long after the sound of gunfire has faded, there is anger.

"They shot up my house. They shot up my truck. They shot my fence," one man told us.

And those responsible for the gunfire also shot two people. Metro police recovered nearly 30 shell casings from bullets that went everywhere, into homes and vehicles.

And those not struck directly by gunfire still count themselves among the victims of gun violence.

"You're kind of scared to come out,” United States Postal Service worker Leslie Dodd said. “It's like, right now, I’m running around trying to get the mail delivered because I don't know if somebody is going to come back."

Residents said they are just as scared as workers who have to visit troubled areas.

"I was scared to look out the window,” resident Ebony Tinsley said. “I just ran to the back before it all stopped. It (isn’t) safe to look out the window. You might get shot."

The gunfire overnight left six people injured. The motives for the shootings include drugs, gangs, revenge and armed robbery.

A man who told police he went to a neighborhood near 40th and Arlington to buy drugs, was shot before he returned fire. Two homes and a pickup truck in the area were damaged.

A resident of the area who wanted to remain anonymous said the only time he sees police in his neighborhood is after trouble has started.

"I think if IMPD spent more time in the neighborhood, it would help out,” the man said. “I think the homeowners would appreciate it. Because, I've been here 23 years. I'm ready to go now."

According to the latest crime trend, the homicide rate in the last month has dropped 40 percent, while the number of people left wounded by gunfire has increased by 4 percent.

The latest crime figures released by metro police indicate violent crime for the year in Indianapolis has dropped by 5 percent. Property crime has dropped 9 percent. And the city's overall crime rate has dropped by just over 8 percent.

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