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2 people shot, killed near 38th and Meridian on Indianapolis' north side

38th and meridian homicide
38th and meridian homicide
38th and meridian homicide
38th and meridian homicide
Posted at 6:13 AM, Oct 24, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — Two people were killed in a shooting Monday morning on the city's north side, police say. The homicides mark the 22nd in 23 days.

Officers found both people sometime before 5:15 a.m. while responding to the 3700 block of North Meridian Street for a report of a person shot, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. That's near the intersection of North Meridian and 38th streets, a little east of Crown Hill Cemetery. Both people were later pronounced dead at the scene.

They were identified as Steven Carruthers, 32, and William Ferrell, 24, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office.

IMPD is no stranger to the apartment building where it happened. Since 2014 police have been called to the building around 30 times. Data shows everything from Homicides to theft and child abuse as reasons police have been called.

One woman who lives in the building who didn't want to be identified says there are consistent issues that go unanswered.

"You have a lot of like homeless people who break our entrance door," the resident said. They come and pee in the hallway and do drugs in the basement and things of that nature. "

Rev. Charles Harrison with Ten Point Coalition lives near the sconce of the crime. North Meridian is where he takes his morning runs, he says this homicide hits home.

"I think it's very troubling that you know I could have been there at the time that it happened and I could have possibly been a victim of violence," Harrison said.

He, like the residents that live there, feel that the property management company should take steps to better protect its residents.

"If they need to have armed guards to deal with whatever kind of criminal activity is taking place I think they ought to do that because the police department can not patrol all of these apartment complexes in the city, " Harrison said.

"If we did have the armed security that we are paying for that we don't have and haven't had since I've been here then that could have been preventative for these younger teenagers or young men who came over here and took these guys precious life," the unnamed resident said.

Police haven't provided additional details.

Anyone with additional information may contact IMPD's homicide office at 317-327-3475. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

WRTV Reporter Adam Schumes contributed to this report.