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Curbing violence in Indianapolis neighborhoods

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Posted at 11:12 PM, Oct 13, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Nikki Lanier said she’s only called Rising Star apartments on Shadeland Avenue on the northeast side home for a year now but already she’s ready to go if things don’t get better soon.

“This is the third worst place I have lived besides 42nd and Post I put that number,” Lanier said.

“Gunshots and just fights everyone want to fight and argue,” Lanier said. “Sometimes they be right out here my son said he heard some the other night I was in my room sleep so I didn’t hear them.”

Lanier said she wishes her family didn’t have to sleep through gunshots just to keep a roof over their heads.

“It would be a cool place if they would get it together and let it be an affordable place for people,” Lanier said.

For now, she’s staying put here because it is affordable but she’s optimistic about the changes the 2020 community-based violence prevention partnership grants could bring since the Community Action of Greater Indianapolis is stepping in to provide programs to curb the violence.

“I believe improvements can be made if they really put their heart and soul into it if they really want to improve it for us,” she said.

Lanier said right now she doesn’t even feel comfortable letting her 11 grandchildren play outside when they visit.

“It scares me to the point that I just don’t want my grandkids to be around it,” Lanier said.

To top it all off she says it's not the residents who live here who are causing all the problems.

“The people inside the apartment is cool just got to keep trouble out,” Lanier said.