When it comes to criminal homicides, Indianapolis is running slightly behind last year’s totals at this time.

According to stats released by IMPD,  Indianapolis has had 65 murders as of July 1.  That number was 69 last year at about the same time.  Also in 2018, Indianapolis saw its third consecutive year of record criminal homicides.

Here is a breakdown of some of the data…

  • 83-percent of the victims had criminal histories, while 81-percent of the suspects did.
  • Eighty-one percent of the murders involved a black victim, even though blacks are less than 30 percent of the population.
  • 67 percent of the murders occur on north/northeast and northwest sides of town.
  • The combined average age of victims is 34.  The combined average age of the suspects was 33.
  • 81 percent of the deaths were caused by gunshots.
  • In 67 percent of the murder cases, the relationship between the victim and assailant was unknown.
  • Nearly 25 percent of this year’s murders occurred in June.
  • Monday was the day most murders occurred.
  • And either 2 p.m. or 9 p.m. was the time most murders were likely to take place.