More violence hours after Ten Point Coalition announces expansion

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A late night shooting happened less than 24 hours after the crime-fighting, Ten Point Coalition announced it’s expanding because of rising violence. Sunday, 24-Hour news 8 caught up with Reverend Charles Harrison who says these shootings simply reinforce the need for more boots on the ground.

Historically the Ten Point Coalition had enough troops for zip codes 46208 and 46205.  These two zips line Meridian from about 21st to 56th streets.

“Well, what we do is we do a lot of talking to a lot of people.  We really do,” said Harrison.

The talking has worked in those areas.  According to IMPD, 46208 had 9 murders in 2013.  So far this year, it’s down to 5.  In other zips, it’s rising.  46218 saw 13 murders in 2013.  This year there have already been 23.

Harrison says the first thing on his mind when he woke up Sunday morning and heard the news was, “We got a lot of work to do.”

Harrison points to the Saturday night shooting as reinforcement that more boots on the ground are needed.

“Last night when I came in I said, God, we’ve had another successful night.  But, when I woke up this morning I heard about the violence that occurred on the east side,” said Harrison.

Ten Point received bullet proof vests earlier this month.  Yesterday Ten Point announced the addition of $57,000 through grant money and a private donation.  It’s money that will be used to add 20 people to the coalition to spread to areas in need of hope and peace

“And we’re going to get a hold of this.  It’s going to take a minute, but we are going to get a hold of this and we’re going to reduce this violence,” said Harrison.

Harrison says typically Ten Point turns in around midnight, but may extend those hours after seeing a late-night crime trend.  He says ten new people were added this weekend and ten more will be added in the coming weeks bringing their force to fifty.

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