INDIANAPOLIS HOMICIDES
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MARION COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS
July 1, 2016 - US Census Bureau
Population
Persons under 18 y/o
White
Black
Hispanic
Medium Income
Persons In Poverty
941,229
24.9%
65%
28.5%
10.2%
$43,369
18.9%
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2017 Indianapolis Homicides

2018 Indianapolis Homicides
2018 Non-Fatal Shootings
2018 Hit and Runs

2019 Indianapolis Homicides
2019 Non-fatal Shootings
2019 Hit-and-Runs

2020 Indianapolis Homicides

6 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods
RELATED WEB SITES:
IMPD UCR Downloads - One file per year (2007-2015) showing Indy crimes sorted by type.  
FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) - Crime data by state
Ten Point Coalition Indianapolis
Safetown Indianapolis
Gun Violence Archive  
National Gun Violence Memorial -Shows the names and faces of Americans killed by guns.
2014 Indianapolis Gun Deaths
Live Indianapolis Police Scanner Web Site
IMPD Incident Database - Continually Updated List of Incidences with Dates, Description and Addresses
Indy Crime Tips - Give a tip anonymously and maybe get a big cash reward.
Crime Victim Assistance - Indy Gov't resources and support

LOCAL NEWS SITES:
WISH TV 8 Crime Watch
Crime - CBS 4
IndyStar Crime and Homicides   Subscribe to the Toll - a weekly newsletter examining issues of violence in Indy
Crime Tracker - Fox 59  
WRTV 6 Crime
13 WRTV Crime News
The most recent UCI file I could find is from 2015.  
This file contains crime data for Indianapolis, prepared by the police department for the FBI.
Here is a number break-down of some of the crimes:
Criminal Homicides
Rapes
Armed Robberies
Strong Arm Robberies
Aggravated Assault - Gun
Aggravated Assault - Knife
Aggravated Assault - Other Weapon
Aggravated Assault - Hands & Fists
Burglary - Forced Entry
Burglary - Non-forced Entry
Stolen Vehicles
Larceny (shoplifting, pickpocket, stealing from cars, etc.)
142
627
2,122
1,287
1916
741
2,319
1,521
7,784
2,237
4,797
25,308
CRIME
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2015 - INDIANAPOLIS
Compared to a big city like Chicago, Indy is a small town.  

However, Indy's murder rate per 100,000 people exceeds Chicago's (15.1 homicides per capita.)

In 2013, Indianapolis had a 140 murders (17 homicides per capita.)  

Indy's murder rate has climbed every year since.  In 2018, 157 murders were reported.  
As of Dec 28, 2019, there has been 172 murders so far in 2019.

Map showing the six most dangerous Indianapolis neighborhoods in 2017
Indianapolis
Number of Non-fatal shootings
2018 - 448
2017 - 433
2016 - 424
2015 - 426
There are more deaths caused by vehicles than by guns all together.
SIDE NOTES:

There are nearly twice as many suicides by firearms in the U.S. than there are homicides by firearms.
I have heard it suggested that if firearms were not so easily available, many suicides wouldn't happen
because people who get suicidal for a moment, get over it soon.
NOTES:

A Indianapolis convicted felon may be sentenced to:
* IDOC or DOC, (Indiana Dept of Correction) - which is prison.
* MCCC (Marion County Community Corrections) - allow convicts to serve their sentences outside of jail or prison.
These programs include the community transition program, residential/work-release programs,
home detention with
electronic monitoring, and mental health or addiction intervention.

A murder charge in Indiana carries a sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison.
 Years are reduced for various reasons,
such as a defendants plea bargaining to a lesser charge of Voluntary Manslaughter.
I scoured many sources daily from January 2018 to December 2019 to bring as much information about what was
happening with murder in Indianapolis as I could find.

It was only supposed to be for 2018, but the cases were ongoing, so I kept at it another year.
You'll notice I added links to news articles in 2019 .
It was a grim task personally as well as time consuming, so I stopped my research at the end as of 2019.

However, I am following up with the cases listed where a suspect is awaiting trial, so that I can report the results here.
This will go on for several years as the accused use legal means to postpone trials.
GENERAL INFORMATION FROM OTHER SOURCES
Some things that I noticed:

For the most part,  victims and their attackers are of the same race.

Murders seem to break down into the following main categories:
 1. Gang murders which sometimes are drive-by shootings that kill innocent bystanders, often children.
 2. Drugs & Robbery murders
 3. Domestic disputes (sometimes results in murder/suicide)
 4. Drunks at bars
 5. Mental Illness (which may also be involved in #3 & 4 above.)
 6. Self defense

The percentage of criminals caught is much lower than I expected.
As of Oct 15, 2021, here are some statistics broken down by information on my collected data.
Jan-Mar 2018:
Apr-Jun 2018:
Jul-Sep 2018:
Oct-Dec 2018:

2018 Subtotal:


Jan-Mar 2019:
Apr-Jun 2019:
Jul-Sep 2019:
Oct-Dec 2019:

2019 Subtotal:

2-year TOTAL:
2018-2019 INDIANAPOLIS MURDERS BY RACE
                                                                                    Race                 
                        Black    White    Latino      Other     Unknown   TOTAL
25
37
39
29

130


26
34
35
32

127

257
11
6
4
9

30


8
7
4
10

29

59
3
2
6
4

15


0
0
3
4

7

22
1
1
0
1

3


1
0
0
0

1

4
3
2
2
4

11


1
1
4
6

12

23
43
48
51
47

189


36
42
46
52

176

365
HOMICIDE VICTIMS
          Convictions
Arrests*      / Solved
22
22
19
12

75


17
12
9
19

57

132
15
13
12
7

47


9
1
3
2

15

62
* Not number of cases solved, but # of people
arrested for murder - sometimes several people
are charged for the murder of one person.

Then again, sometimes one person is
responsible for multiple deaths.
Among the KNOWN information:

75% of murder victims were Black.

Blacks murdered by Whites :    0
Blacks murdered by Blacks:     96
Blacks murdered by Latinos:    3
Blacks murdered by unknown:  1
58

Whites murdered by Whites:    19
Whites murdered by Blacks:     14
Whites murdered by Latinos:    1
Whites murdered by unknown:  2
5

Latinos murdered by Whites:     0
Latinos murdered by Blacks:     1
Latinos murdered by Latinos:     6
Latinos murdered by unknown:  1
5

Asians murdered by Whites:      0
Asians murdered by Blacks:      1
Asians murdered by Latinos:     0
Asians murdered by Asians:      
3
Murder Rate of U.S. vs Other Nations:
How Indiana Murder Rate Compares to Entire U.S.: