With 2018 nearly half over and Indianapolis creeping toward another year of potentially record-breaking murders, here are some of the statistics behind the Circle City’s growing body count.
As of Monday, June 25, Indianapolis has had 69 murders. That’s a murder every 2.57 day which puts the city on track for at least 141 by the end of the year. The city hit 156 murders in 2017.
- 83-percent of the victims had criminal histories, while 75-percent of the suspects did.
- Eighty-four percent of the murders involved a black victim, even though blacks are less than 30 percent of the population.
- 65 percent of the murders occur on north/northeast side.
- The combined average age of victims is 30. The combined average age of the suspects was 33.
- Only 21 of the murders were known to motivated by a fight or domestic dispute.
- 78 percent of the deaths were caused by gunshots.
- In 73 percent of the murder cases, the relationship between the victim and assailant was unknown.
- Nearly half the homicides occurred in May and January.
- Saturday was the day most murders occurred.
- And either 3 p.m. or 9 p.m. was the time most murders were likely to take place.