INDIANAPOLIS — It's a disturbing number that points to just how much violence plagues Indianapolis.
Police have already released the number of criminal homicides in 2019. It's 152 and that's a slight decrease from 2018.
The new figures made public Friday are for the number of people who survived being shot. In 2019, it was 524. In other words, for every person who was murdered in Indianapolis in 2019, slightly more than three others were shot, but lived.
In 2018, 492 people survived shootings.
“While we are making progress in driving down overall crime, the number of families impacted by gun violence remains at an unacceptable level,” said IMPD Chief Randal Taylor. “We will continue our holistic approach to addressing violence in our community, from expanding partnerships with grassroots groups and the City’s Peacemakers for community-based violence prevention and intervention efforts, to our continued focus on returning the entire city to smaller beats where every officer knows their neighborhood, and every neighborhood knows their officer.”
Chief Taylor, who took charge of IMPD at the beginning of the year, says the Crime Gun Intelligence Center is "leveraging technology to identify serial shooters and disrupt violent crime."