INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metropolitan police are investigating what appears to be their first homicide case of 2013.
Officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 3300 block of West 9th Street, near 10th Street and Tibbs Avenue, just after 5 a.m. Tuesday, where they found a deceased man.
"A passerby saw the door standing open and someone lying just inside the doorway of the house," said Sergeant Charles Wheeler.
Police identified the man as 57-year-old Larry Palmer.
Investigators said it appeared Palmer had opened the back door of the residence then was shot.
Palmer was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
No other victims or possible suspects were found in the residence, police said. Detectives tracked footprints in the snow for possible leads.
According to Metro police, this is the second homicide at the same residence in the past seven weeks, and there's speculation that Tuesday's murder might have ties to the one that occurred there Nov. 10.
"It's pretty upsetting. That's the second shooting over there since last year," said neighbor Eleecia Draughon. "I have a little bit of fear, but not a great deal of fear because I believe in God. And I believe I accept it. And I don't have any involvement in drugs, therefore I have nothing to fear."
Police said the city's homicide rate in 2012 showed a trace of improvement over 2011.
Ninety-four people were killed in 2012, most of them shot to death, and most of them killed for drugs.
"We see a lot of drug-related homicides, and that's been the trend for years now," said Captain Craig Converse. "And oftentimes, the homicide victims, their lifestyles contribute to what happens as well as their associations. And oftentimes were find illegal weapons involved."
IMPD does better than average in terms of solved homicide cases.
According to the FBI, the national clearance rate for 2011 was just under 65 percent.
In 2012, Metro police cleared 73 percent of their cases.