INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is continuing to search for at least one gunman after seven people were injured in a shooting on Broad Ripple Avenue early Saturday morning.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite says he wants to meet with business leaders in Broad Ripple to work toward making the area safer for the visitors and workers.
Some businesses were closed Saturday due to the shooting, like The Vogue Theatre, who posted ‘Stop the violence’ on their marquee.
Others want to find a way to make this a safe community.
“Some of our staff had to go out and help people bleeding on the sidewalk and it’s dramatic for people. You see blood on the streets in your own town. It affects everybody,” Wild Beaver Saloon owner Rick Payne said.
He says the violence is affecting business.
“It’s slow. We’re out $10,000 in gross sales,” Payne said.
It’s also impacting the lives of his staff.
“When your staff calls and asks if you’re going to be open, people are scared. That’s sad because Broad Ripple is not that type of a place,” Payne said.
Chief Hite says something needs to be done.
“We’re going to change some things in Broad Ripple. We’re going to change some things in this city, but we have to do it together,” Chief Hite said.
He wants to team up with business owners and adapt how this area of Indy operates.
“What is the rule in Broad Ripple when it comes down to the number of people inside the club, the policies to allow people in and out of the club and what we want to see on the street in terms of loitering, trespassing, etc.,” Hite said.
Investigators believe the shooting started after two men bumped into each other on the sidewalk, so making Broad Ripple more pedestrian friendly is a goal as well.
“We’re looking at the configuration to allow us to open up the street at designated times of the night when it becomes more saturated,” Payne said.
City leaders say there needs to be a frank discussion with the clubs where crime occurs.
“They have a responsibility to our city as well and we want to assist them, but in the end of the day we have to look at all those,” Public Safety Director Troy Riggs sais.
For business leaders like Payne, they’re open to any security improvements.
“It’s sad that it’s come to this, but I think it’s good,” Payne said.
As for this weekend, IMPD is beefing up patrols in this area and they are once again asking to people if they see something to say something. If a situation seems to be escalating, call police immediately.
Police did arrest Lawrence Jones, 23, of Indianapolis, for having a handgun without a license. However, it is unclear if he’s involved in the shooting.