Police, business owners to discuss Broad Ripple safety after weekend shootings

INDIANAPOLIS - A mass shooting over the weekend in Broad Ripple has raised questions over whether the popular village is safe.

The early Saturday morning shooting injured seven people. Police said six men and a 23-year-old Fishers woman were shot after two people bumped into each other on a sidewalk. Police said both people pulled handguns and fired at each other around 2:30 a.m.

Business owners planned to meet with police this week to find a solution to what many say is a persistent problem -- young people hanging out and resolving their differences with violence.

Most business owners and customers said the problems aren’t in the restaurants and bars, but on the streets outside. They said they know there is a great deal at stake if customers have a growing perception that the area is not safe.

"There's a perception that the village is unsafe and I don't want that perception to grow and grow and grow," Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand said.

Despite Saturday’s shooting, many people said that Broad Ripple is still safe.

"I feel safe. I love Broad Ripple. I love this area of the city. I'm not leaving. As a matter of fact, I'm going to support it more," resident Lynn McDowell said.

Officials with the Broad Ripple Village Association said they hope to come up with a measurable plan with police to stop the violence.

"We can all sit down at the same table, we can put a plan in place and then once it's in place, we need to out in other safeguards to that we can gage the effectiveness of the plan. Did it stop criminal activity or is everything the same that it was," McKeand said.

The BRVA said in a statement that they shared concerns about Fourth of July safety with police last Wednesday. They said they want a firm commitment from the mayor's office in investigating the resources needed to fight crime and make Broad Ripple safe.

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