For the third year in a row, Indianapolis has seen another year of record-breaking murders.
According to IMPD, as of December 30, there were 158 criminal homicides. That number was 156 in 2017.
To put it another way, Indianapolis averaged a murder every 2.3 days.
Here is a final breakdown of the statistics for this year…
- 82-percent of the victims had criminal histories and accounted for a combined 729 adult felony arrests
- 75-percent of the suspects had criminal histories and accounted for a combined 230 adult felony arrests/
- Seven of the victims and five of the suspects were under age 18.
- Eighty-percent of the murders involved a black victim, even though blacks are less than 30 percent of the population.
- 70 percent of the murders occur on the city’s north/northeast/northwest side.
- The combined average age of victims is 31. The combined average age of the suspects was 33.
- In 66 percent of the cases, the relationship between the victim and the suspect was unknown.
- Only 59 of the murders were known to motivated by a fight or domestic dispute.
- 82 percent of the deaths were caused by gunshots.
- Nearly half the homicides occurred in January, May, August, and September and November.
- Saturday was the day most murders occurred.
- And murders were likely to take place between 9 p.m. and midnight.