Police step up patrols in Broad Ripple after shootings

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)-Three days after seven people were shot in Broad Ripple, people who live there are wondering if it will happen again.

After the shootings, police added patrols in the area. This Saturday and Sunday nights were fairly quiet and some people who live in Broad Ripple hope it stays that way.

“I don’t really think this is representative of daily life here,” said Matt Martin of Broad Ripple.

Outside the Vogue Theater, people can’t miss the marquee sign that reads stop the violence. It’s a venue that usually promotes events happening at the club. Now, owners are sending a strong message about the weekend shootings in Broad Ripple.

Early Saturday morning Metro Police were called to the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue after seven people were hit by gunfire. Police said two men bumped into each other on the sidewalk and it escalated into the shootings.

“I think it’s very unfortunate of course,” Martin said.

“It is a little concerning because you expect it to be safe and people go out all the time and its kind of routine. You don’t think it could be your last time going out,” said Lexi Delaney.

Delaney lives in Broad Ripple. She said the shootings took her by surprise.

“It’s like something that could happen anywhere; people get jostle around. You expect that when you go out; you’re in a busy place,” she said.

Betsy Calhoun also lives in Broad Ripple. She said the shootings have her thinking about moving out of the area.

“You wake up in the morning to text messages asking you if you’re OK and if your safe so it’s definitely unsettling,” she said.

Metro police stepped up patrols in the area over the weekend. Calhoun said seeing their presence helps.

“I just hope that it improves and it get better and that the city does something to help with the risks that we’ve seen,” she said.

“I just feel that the fact that people use guns these days as a first resort is absolutely ridiculous; we all need to get along,” Martin said.

Some businesses closed over the weekend.  We don’t know if that will be the case come Friday.

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