East side residents frustrated by recent violence

Posted at 12:16 AM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 00:16:24-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- As police continue investigating a pair of fatal shootings from Tuesday, residents of the east side neighborhood where they happened say they're strained to the breaking point.

Early Tuesday morning, 44-year-old David Ruby was fatally shot on the 1000 block of North Kealing Avenue. By the end of the day, a second man – still unidentified – would be found shot dead just a block north.

MORE | Victim killed just a block from Tuesday morning's homicide

The deaths are two of the 16 homicides the Near Eastside neighborhood has seen this year – making it the most dangerous neighborhood in the city.

Of those 16 homicides, 10 remained unsolved as of Wednesday night.

Explore the map below to see how many homicides each neighborhood in Indy has this year:

MAP | See all of 2016's homicides in Indianapolis

James Johnson has lived on Brookside Parkway for 23 years. He is a survivor in a neighborhood known for a high rate of killings.

"I'm not sure what has changed, but something has definitely changed," he said. "This is actually a pretty good neighborhood."

Nevertheless, within a mile of Johnson's house, 12 people have been killed this year. The Near Eastside neighborhood accounts for 16 percent of all the homicides in the city so far this year.

Nicole Livingston says she can't send her kids out to play without worrying about keeping them safe.

"It's scary," she said. "I used to live on Kealing before I moved a few blocks down, and to think that it could have been me just going inside with groceries or me taking the kids to school or bringing them back."

At the neighborhood recreation center, young men avoid the streets by taking their talents to the hardwood.

"I be up here all day hoopin' with everybody up here," one said. "At least I'm not in the street or nothing."

Parents say violence has been a steady topic at their neighborhood meetings. Those meetings now regularly encourage people not to be shy to call 911 at the sound of shots, even if they're not sure what they heard was gunfire.