Carmel mayor says Indy violence bad for metro area

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – News of any murder, especially a case with four deaths, always reaches beyond the neighborhoods where they happen.

Police try to comfort us, as they did in the Parker killings case, by saying the victims were not chosen at random.

On Monday afternoon, 24-Hour News 8 asked Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard whether the violence in Indianapolis affects surrounding cities and their development efforts.

Brainard said he discussed the incidents, Saturday, with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

“He indicated that all of the people that had been shot in that period of time were all bad guys,” Brainard recalled.

“It’s never good for a metro area,” Brainard said.  “We have to stop looking at this as Carmel or Indianapolis.  This is a metro area and having murders of any sort – whether bad or good guys – is bad for the area.”

But, the Carmel Republican said “a worse tragedy over the weekend” was the deadly house fire in Indianapolis. Brainard said that should motivate all of us to make sure we have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in our homes.

“Carmel Fire Department even has a program for the elderly, for instance, where somebody who cant afford a smoke detector, we’ll put one in,” Brainard said.  “If an elderly person can’t get up and change the batteries, our fire department will be happy to go out and do that for you.”  Brainard said, by having such equipment, “hopefully we’ll avoid any more tragedies like that terrible fire that occurred over the weekend.”

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