The Murder Rate in Indianapolis is Moving in The Wrong Direction - and Quickly

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The Murder Rate in Indianapolis is Moving in The Wrong Direction - and Quickly

WIBC Legal Correspondent Abdul-Hakim Shabazz Breaks Down the Disturbing Facts with Hammer and Nigel

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The murder rate in the city of Indianapolis continues to rise at an alarming rate with no sign of slowing despite the city's best efforts to combat the violence.

This is the way it breaks down, according to indypolitics.org:

As of Monday, Sunday, September 16,  Indianapolis has had 109 murders.*   That’s a murder every 2.37 days which puts the city on track for at least 153 deaths by the end of the year.  The city hit 156 murders in 2017.

  • 83-percent of the victims had criminal histories, while 73-percent of the suspects did.

  • Seventy-six percent of the murders involved a black victim, even though blacks are less than 30 percent of the population.

  • 62 percent of the murders occur on north/northeast side.

  • The combined average age of victims is 30.  The combined average age of the suspects was 34.

  • Forty-eight of the murders were known to motivated by a fight or domestic dispute.

  • Eighty percent of the deaths were caused by gunshots.

  • In 66 percent of the murder cases, the relationship between the victim and assailant was unknown.

  • Nearly half the homicides occurred in January, May, and August.

  • Saturday was the day most murders occurred.

  • And murders were most likely to occur around 10 p.m.

WIBC legal correspondent Abdul-Hakim Shabazz joined Hammer and Nigel to discuss these disturbing facts from his latest article at indypolitics.org, "More Murder by The Numbers"

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