‘It’s typical’: Neighbors voice concern after 2 women fatally shot

Police are investigating after two women were fatally shot on East New York Street Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)— People in an east side neighborhood say they’re on edge as police try to figure out why two women were shot and killed in a halfway house Saturday night.

Police have identified the victims as India Barnes and Tomika Mack, both 34 years old and from Indianapolis. The bodies were found on the 4100 block of E. New York St.

Officials said there are witnesses who are being interviewed. Police have not released any information about potential suspects.

Dean Wilson lives behind the halfway house. He said he heard the gunshots on Saturday night.

“We heard some booms,” Wilson said. “I have two daughters and a wife and kids here. It doesn’t seem like this neighborhood is getting any better. I’m thinking about moving out.”

People inside the halfway house declined to speak on camera to 24-Hour News 8. One woman, who stood in the doorway crying, said she came home from work to find the crime scene. She declined to comment any further.

Wilson saw the crime scene, too, and now he has a message for whoever fired the shots.

“They need to turn themselves in and make it right with the families. This is the holidays. This shouldn’t have happened,” Wilson said.

Police haven’t said exactly how or why the women were shot. Officers said they found multiple bullet casings inside the home.

The bodies were found just down the street from David Whited’s home. He said he’s lived in the neighborhood for 40 years.

“It’s typical,” Whited said. “It’s just a regular day, and it’s been like this for the last 10 to 15 years.”

Like Wilson, Whited said he’ll move out if the violence continues. He hopes it doesn’t have to come to that.

“We’ve watched the neighborhood just decline, and it just gets worse and worse all the time,” Whited said.

Police said they responded to a disturbance call at the halfway house earlier in the day. They’re currently working to determine whether the disturbance call was related to the shooting.

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