INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It has been nearly two weeks since seven people were shot in Broad Ripple. Police are expecting a busy weekend with thousands of people downtown for the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration and IMPD has a plan to keep the city safe.
Road closures, cameras and hundreds of police officers all set for another set of busy nights in downtown Indianapolis and in Broad Ripple. Some of that effort is expanding beyond the strip here and into the neighborhoods. It’s all an effort to deter criminals and help those looking for a good time to feel safe.
“Bad things just can happen, but I personally feel safe in this neighborhood,” Taylor Shirek said.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to stay away from Broad Ripple honestly. There’s such a good atmosphere here,” Adam Goodwin said.
Fans of the Broad Ripple neighborhood say recent violence is not changing their love for the area.
“I don’t feel like that speaks for the entire neighborhood of Broad Ripple or the area, because most of the people I meet here are very nice people,” Shirek said.
Shirek has worked at the Broad Ripple Jimmy Johns for several years. He says the closing down of Broad Ripple Avenue last weekend, additional cameras and added police presence is helping.
“They’re always on the weekends monitoring the streets. There’s usually three or four police cars right in the middle of the road,” Shirek said.
And IMPD officers say they don’t plan to let up.
“If there are any individuals who desire to come down to cause disruptions and mayhem, stay at home. We have plenty of counter-measures and when I say counter-measures I mean covert and overt,” Officer Christopher Wilburn said.
Both downtown Indy and Broad Ripple will be the focus this weekend.
“Will downtown be safe through the Indiana Black Expo? We assure you, yes it will,” Wilburn said.
And although it’s in response to violence, people 24-Hour News 8 spoke with say the extra attention is welcomed.
“Having a solid police presence will hopefully keep things down to a minimum or a dull roar,” Goodwin said.
“It does affect us in a certain way when it comes to business, but if it’s for the safety and it’s needed, I can’t complain about that one,” Peter Chung, who lives and works in Broad Ripple, said.
We know the community has been concerned about the July 5 shooting and looking for updates. 24-Hour News 8′s Nina Criscuolo reached out to the seven victims in the crime, but has not heard back from them.
One, who was sent to St. Vincent in critical condition, is still there. That victim has asked the hospital not to release updates on his condition.
We also asked police about where the investigation is right now. They say they are still asking any witnesses or anyone else with information to come forward.