Between Oct. 11 and 17, IMPD responded to at least one homicide a day. Three of those days had two murders.
In all, six days between Sept. 20 and Oct. 20 saw two or more murders in a single 24-hour period.
By the end of it, although October 2017 had started at 107 criminal homicides – down from 117 in October 2016 – the two years wound up essentially tied. As of this writing, 2017 has seen 119 criminal homicides. On this date in 2016, Indy was at 120 for the year.
With only a little more than two months left in the year, Indianapolis could still see the first homicide decrease in eight years if they continue at the current year-to-date rate, which would have 2017 end at 139 murders for the year.
On the other hand, if murders continue at the rate they have since July – one every 1.98 days, on average – Indianapolis could see as many as 153 murders by the end of the year. That would make 2017 the eighth-straight year to see an increase in homicides, and the third year in a row to break the previous homicide record.
2016 was the first year to break the previous record, set in 1996, with 144 murders. Last year, Indianapolis saw 149 murders.
Even if 2017 ended with exactly the same number of criminal homicides as 2017, it would be the first time in eight years the city wouldn't see a year-over-year homicide increase. But that would likely be a hard milestone to celebrate while at the same time tying for deadliest year in city history.