Ten Point Coalition Leader Responds To Triple Murder On Indy's Northwest Side
INDIANAPOLIS -- Following the shooting deaths of three men on the northwest side of Indianapolis Sunday night, one of the leaders of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition says more needs to be done to stop the violence in that neighborhood.
IMPD says the three men were shot near West 26th Street and Ethel Avenue east of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators say it happened near a jazz concert not far from Watkins Park.
"Every Sunday now, within two or three blocks of MLK, east and west, the younger people are gathering there," says Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition. "You have a lot of drug activity and criminal activity that leads to what we saw [Sunday] night."
Rev. Harrison, in a tweet Monday morning, says the young people who are gathering in that area also "bring the guns and the drama" and are resolving conflicts by shooting and killing each other.
26th St & Ethel Av is just one block east of MLK & right next to the American League Post. Every Sunday a large number of people are gathering in the area from the jazz in the park events. A lot of drug trafficking & criminal activity takes place on Ethel Av. This is the concern. pic.twitter.com/z7JJDTLdWa— Rev Dr Charles Harrison (@charlesharriso5) August 13, 2018
I have expressed my concern before about the jazz in the park event because it draws the young people into the area, & they bring the guns & the drama. It is not the older crowd that is the problem, it is some of our young people who settle their conflicts with violence. pic.twitter.com/y4SSxfjZVF— Rev Dr Charles Harrison (@charlesharriso5) August 13, 2018
"This is the second triple shooting that we have had in the area in the last few years and it's just so tragic that we continue to have this level of violence," says Rev. Harrison. "I don't think we are addressing it appropriately as a city."
Rev. Harrison is calling on elected officials and IMPD to reach out to those who are connected in the community to come up with a solution to end the violence.
"[City leaders] need to listen to the community and follow [the] lead [of the Ten Point Coalition] and give us the resources that needed to curb the violence," says Rev. Harrison.
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