Indy sees 101st homicide for the year

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the city’s 101st homicide for 2015.

On Wednesday, police officials responded to the scene of an unidentified adult male who was found dead in an alley near the 3500 block of Salem Street with apparent gunshot wounds.

Police said that investigators have not released a suspect description or established a motive for the shooting.

“This afternoon I was just working and heard a shot sounded like a gun shot,” Gregory Cager said.

What Gregory Cager heard were the fatal shots in the city’s 101st homicide for 2015.

“I think it’s pretty sad,” Cager said.

Cager couldn’t believe the shooting happened in broad daylight. He is worried about all the violence in the city.

“Hopefully something can be done about it sooner or later because it doesn’t seem to be any end to it right now,” he said.

Police Chief Rick Hite released the following statement:

One homicide is one too many. We grieve for all 101 murder victims and their families who have been tragically impacted by these senseless acts of violence. As we look at the circumstances surrounding many of these incidents, especially recently, it is apparent we are seeing more instances where family disagreements and other family issues are leading to these fatal shootings, including assaults against children in our community.

Now, more than ever, we must continue to work together as a community to tackle the underlying factors that lead to these violent acts. Some of this work has already begun as evidenced by the relentless pursuit of identifying and investigating individuals involved in the drug trade and the drug cartel and bringing them to justice. More than $7 million in cash, weapons and drugs have been seized with the assistance of our local, state and federal partners. I have also been encouraged to see the continued support of ministers and members of our community stepping out of their churches and homes to say ‘Enough is enough.’

As always, regardless of the statistical total, this is the type of crime IMPD does not and will not tolerate. We will investigate these crimes until those responsible have been identified and arrested. That is our duty, responsibility, and promise to all impacted by these crimes.

On Wednesday morning police responded the 100th homicide in the 1900 block North Centennial Street around 11:20 a.m. This is just east of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dennis Vaughn, 36. was shot and killed when he was walking out of his side door.

Investigators urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

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