According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police department, the city saw 246 murders in 2021.

And is in previous years most had prior felonies.

2021 Criminal Homicide Stats

  • 73-percent of the victims had criminal histories and accounted for 617 adult felony arrests.
  • 68-percent of the suspects had criminal histories and accounted for 243 adult felony arrests
  • Seventy percent of the murders involved a black victim, even though blacks are less than 30 percent of the population.
  • Fourteen of the victims and eight of the suspects were under age 18.
  • 41 percent of the murders occur on the city’s north//northwest side while 33 percent occurred on the east side.
  • The combined average age of victims is 35.  The combined average age of the suspects was 31.
  • In 64 percent of the cases, the relationship between the victim and the suspect was unknown.
  • Only 43 of the murders were known to be motivated by a fight or domestic dispute.
  • 88 percent of the deaths were caused by gunshots.
  • Nearly 54 percent of the city’s murders occurred after June. 
  • Tuesday was the day most murders were most likely to take place.  
  • And murders were likely to take place between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. 

Indy Politics spoke with Rev. Charles Harrison of the 10-Point Coalition about the murder rate and what, if anything, can be done to alleviate the problem in 2022.

The Leon-Tailored Audio runs for about 20 minutes.