Certain neighborhoods in Indianapolis experience a much higher rate of gun violence than other neighborhoods. One of these neighborhoods is the city's east side, where violent crimes involving firearms seem to occur at a disproportionate rate.
At about 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, police were called about a shooting in the 8100 block of East 37th Place. Officers reportedly found a man and a woman, each suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was found near a vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was found inside the car. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition, but she was reported to be alert and talking. Police say they are searching for two suspects in the case.
Two hours later, police received another call about a shooting on the east side, a few blocks from the first incident. Officers on the scene reported finding three persons, two men and one woman, suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims was in critical condition and the other two were in serious condition. Police officers suspect that the three were victims of a targeted shooting. An Indianapolis police captain said that the east side has been the site of multiple shootings over the last few months. In the captain's words, the neighborhood "has been unfortunately active." Police have not said whether the two crimes may be related.
Anyone who is charged in connection with alleged shootings such as these would be facing serious and long lasting consequences if they should be convicted. The services of an experienced criminal defense attorney have gone a long way toward ameliorating or preventing these consequences in many cases. A knowledgeable defense attorney can evaluate the evidence and suggest possible defenses. If circumstances warrant, a capable defense attorney can negotiate a favorable plea agreement or obtain an outright acquittal.
Source: Indianapolis Star, "Police: 1 dead, another injured in northeast-side shooting," Holly V. Hays, Nov. 10, 2017