Murder By the Numbers


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With 2018 nearly half over and Indianapolis creeping toward another year of record-breaking murders, here are some of the statistics behind the Circle City's growing body count.

As of Monday, June 25,  Indianapolis has had 69 murders. That’s a murder every 2.57 day which puts the city on track for  at least 141 murders by the end of the year.  The city hit 156 murders in 2017.

  • 83-percent of the victims had criminal histories, while 75-percent of the suspects did.
  • Eighty-four percent of the murders involved a black victime, even though blacks are less than 30 percent of the population.  
  • 65 percent of the murders occur on north/northeast side.
  • The combined average age of victims was 30.  The combined average age of the suspects was 33.
  • Only 21 of the murders were known to motivated by a fight or domestic dispute.
  • 78 percent of the deaths were caused by gunshots.
  • In 73 percent of the murder cases, the relationship between the victim and assailant was unknown.
  • Nearly half the homicides occurred in May and January.
  • Saturday was the day most murders occurred and the time was  
  • And either 3 p.m. or 9 p.m. was the time most murders were likely to take place.
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