INDIANAPOLIS — A man is dead after he was found shot outside a building Thursday morning on the city’s east side, according to police.
Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of a person down just before 3 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Ritter Avenue just north of East 16th Street.
Police found Cecil Mullins, 30, with at least one gunshot wound. Medics pronounced Mullins dead at the scene, IMPD Officer William Young said in a news release.
Antonia Bailey and DeAndra Dycus know all too well the impact gun violence can have on a community. A stray bullet stripped Dycus’s 13-year-old son DeAndre Knox of his ability to speak. And Bailey lost her two children nearly three years ago after they were shot on the city's east side.
So, Dycus started Purpose 4 My Pain, a nonprofit birth from the pain of gun violence. Her vision is to ensure that the voices of those impacted or injured by gun violence are heard.
And Bailey started The Untold Foundation Inc. Her foundation helps empower youth.
“You are tearing apart communities. You are tearing apart families and a sense of safety and the comfort of knowing that you are okay,” Antonia Bailey added.
Metro police are looking to bring that sense of safety back to the Eastside.
IMPD has said it is looking for vendors for a system that would pinpoint where gunshots are fired and immediately alert law enforcement.
“That will be a great tool and a great resource for our officers to help assist them and getting to the areas immediately,” said IMPD Officer Samone Burris.
Police have not provided information about a possible suspect or what might have led to the shooting.
IMPD does not believe there is an active threat to the area.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Matthew Melkey at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Matthew.Melkey@indy.gov.
People can also call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana anonymously at 317-262-8477.
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