Broad Ripple steps up safety measures following shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Changes are coming to Broad Ripple one week after a shooting hurt 7 people and left one man fighting for his life.

One of the biggest changes will block civilian traffic on Broad Ripple Avenue’s main stretch from midnight to 4 a.m. on weeknights. Only police cars and taxis will be allowed on Broad Ripple Avenue from Guilford to College Avenue after midnight, according to officials.

The Broad Ripple Village Association pushed for the road closures after last weekend’s shooting.

“That’s basically just to eliminate the cruising, which creates a lot of chaos. It makes it harder for police to do their jobs,” said Justin McKeand, Broad Ripple Village Association President.

But some people who work in Broad Ripple worry the street closure will cause increased pedestrian traffic that will stir trouble.

“Closing the streets is kind of encouraging people to loiter and not encouraging people to come to the bars and come to the businesses,” said Janeth Janeth Gonzalez.

McKeand says BRVA will continue working toward a safer environment by focusing on smaller crimes like graffiti, public intoxication and noise violations.

“We’re also going to be looking at data that ties in crime statistics, specific addresses, specific liquor licenses to figure out what are the bars and the nightclubs that contribute to the problem,” said McKeand.

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