Ten Point: Shooting in front of children prime example of problem

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – About six miles away from one shooting Monday night,  IMPD responded to another.

Police say around 11:00 p.m. Monday night two men broke into a house in the 4000 block of Boulevard and shot 24-year-old Patrick Martin to death. It all happened while innocent children hid in their bedrooms.

As Ten Point Coalition President Reverend Charles Harrison says this is a prime example as to what is happening in these neighborhoods.

Reverend Harrison and his team canvasses these communities.  Seeing what’s happening first hand.

“By the time they get to be in their late teens and early 20s they kind of become numb to this violence,” said Harrison.

Eight children, the oldest just twelve years old, were inside the home when police say the two men broke in.

Martin doesn’t live in the house, but is friends with the people that do. He went by the street name Frog.

“He was for the kids some of the street workers were talking today and they was talking about how he liked to do things with the kids and spend time with them,” said Harrison.

But, those kids bore witness to a violent crime. This is exactly what Reverend Harrison and the rest of Ten Point fight against each day.

“Fathers are getting killed. Then years later their sons and daughters are involved in violence and then their children’s children. And it’s just a vicious cycle,” said Harrison.

Ten Point Coalition has volunteers who immerse themselves in these neighbors trying to stop the crime. One of those volunteers knew Frog. He told 24 Hour News 8 that Frog was a known cocaine dealer.

“It’s not surprising. Sometimes when we hear that they were killed when we hear that they were involved in this criminal activity,” said Harrison.

Ten Point board members met Tuesday, a day they would not normally meet to debrief. Harrison says they’re trying to connect the dots, to then reach out and resolve conflicts before there’s retaliation. He says this is another big piece to this cyclical crime puzzle.

Anyone with information about this crime should call crime stoppers at 262-Tips.

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