INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police say they are trying to find out who tied a man up and then shot and killed him early Wednesday.
Around 12:30 a.m. officers were sent to the 1000 block of West 34th Street on a report of shots fired. When the officers arrived they found a man bound and shot to death in the alley south of West 34th Street.
“Am I scared? Yes, I’m scared,” said 34th St. neighbor, Marsha Page.
She’s not alone. Neighbors who live in the area say they can’t even sit out on their front porch anymore.
And Tuesday night gave them more reason to be fearful.
Some neighbors are so concerned they don’t want to be identified. One man who didn’t want to give his name or show his face says he’s the one who called 911 after hearing shots. But, he says at that point, the damage was already done.
“He was laying out with his arms open with a thing over his face where he couldn’t speak. So, he’d been tied up, bound and gagged,” he said.
He didn’t give his name, but this neighbor recalls what he saw. He says he’d just gotten home from work and is thankful that he missed the gunman, if only by minutes.
“So, it’s very dangerous. You know, I pull in at night. You don’t know what to expect. So, I’m always watching,” he said.
24-Hour News 8 has video from a year ago when police found a body just a block away in the same alley.
Early Wednesday, police found a white male, in his 40s, with brownish/gray hair, about 5‘ 11” and 138 pounds.
“Usually, I’m out here early in the morning. Not now. I got my screen and doors both locked,” said Page.
The man who heard Tuesday night’s shots has lived here all his life. He says he’s had his own close encounters.
“I’ve been robbed myself at gunpoint. Back there beside the garage. So, I try to watch my surroundings. I had a gun put to my head,” he said.
He says on top of the littered yards and empty houses, it doesn’t help that there isn’t a street light in the alley peppered with crime. He says it was removed by IPL.
Page says she and her family may move to the back of their house. They’re that afraid of a possible drive-by. She says she just hopes parents get involved.
“You know, it starts at home,” said Page.
24-Hour News 8 reached out to IMPD, IPL and the Mayor’s office to see what can be done to clean up the area and increase safety.
IMPD says anyone who’d like increased patrols can call their district and request more presence.
IPL says a light would need to be requested and paid for by residents or the City of Indianapolis. A spokesperson says it would have only been removed if no one was paying the bill for it.
Mayor Ballard’s spokesperson, Marc Lotter, got back to 24-Hour News 8 and said, “I have passed along the neighbors’ concerns to the proper city department so they can be addressed.”
The victim has not been identified. Police are investigating.