In Indiana, there have been mass shootings nationwide following the pandemic
INDIANAPOLIS – In the United States, cities and towns alike are not only reporting increased murders, but also mass shootings in particular. Indianapolis is among those cities after three mass shootings have already taken place, most recently at the FedEx Ground Facility, where authorities confirm that one gunman killed 8 people.
Both actually started to work and never finished their shift, and they never came home … and they don’t come back home.
Rimpi Girn, niece of FedEx mass shooting victims Amarjit Sekhon and Jasvinder Kaur
FOX59 spoke one-on-one with loved ones for each of the victims: Samaria Blackwell, 19; Karli Smith, 19; Jasvinder Kaur, 50; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Singh, 68; John Weisert, 74; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; and Matthew R. Alexander, 32.
One mother, Karen Smith, described what it was like to hear about her daughter’s murder from authorities.
“… And then reality sets in and you say, ‘Hmm, eight families who lost someone; There are eight tables in the room and eight family groups sit here, ”explained the grieving mother.
This is an American reality that Circle City is not excluded from.
Almost a week before the FedEx mass shootings in Indianapolis, data from the Gun Violence Archive shows that there was a mass shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The day after Indianapolis – a mass shooting in Detroit, Michigan. Two days later one in Columbus, Ohio and LaPlace, Louisiana. Three days later, four mass shootings in the United States within 24 hours.
The same archive shows that mass shootings rose 50 percent in 2020 and are still on the rise in 2021.
“The bigger point, however, is that these incidents, these horrific incidents, are far too common and not less common,” said Tom Stucky, executive associate dean of IUPUI’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Three mass shootings have already taken place in Circle City this year.
The data shows a mass shooting in Indianapolis in 2020; before that one in 2015, 2014, 2008 and 2006.
Criminologists and researchers like Stucky say the pandemic is contributing to increased mass shootings.
“If the stressors increase, we expect the violence to increase,” said the former official.
The deputy IMPD boss Chris Bailey understands this when his officials deal with increasing gun violence in the subway area.
“You even hear locals say, ‘How can you blame the pandemic? ‘How could you not? “
Deputy Chef Chris Bailey, IMPD
Bailey said a dispute over a stimulus check led to the mass shootings on Randolph Street in March. Four people are now dead, including a 7-year-old.
“As unemployment rises, stress for families certainly rises, and things like domestic violence are a serious problem,” said Stucky Beairshelle Edmé of FOX 59.
FOX59 reported 85 percent more deaths from domestic violence in Hoosier State in 2020, according to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indiana had the worst unemployment rate in the state’s history, at nearly 17 percent. At the same time, the IMPD reported a nearly 40 percent increase in murders – 245, the highest in the city’s history.
“I think part of it has to do with the pandemic and the stress associated with the pandemic and job loss, and I wonder how you are going to feed your family,” the deputy IMPD chief discussed.
The veteran policeman says carefree shooters and easy access to guns are also triggers, even before the pandemic.
“A 1-year-old was killed in her house a few years ago, in her bed that she should have been safe in – because people have no concerns about where their bullets will go,” he said. “These cases get repeated over and over and I know we focus on 3 (mass shootings) but we have a much bigger problem here than people going to facilities that shoot random people – we have a problem where people aren’t afraid of the system and aren’t afraid to pull the trigger and don’t care who they hit. “
This larger problem affects the entire Indianapolis community, but no one feels it more than people like Kim Roberts.
Her son Jalen died last year in the so-called Quad Murders, a mass shooting in the Carriage House East Apartments.
“When I hear a siren, I get traumatized. When I hear gunshots, especially between 8:30 am and 9:00 am, I am traumatized because I say to myself, “Did it sound like that when you went in there and did it to my son and him? The other three in there, ”said Roberts, 51, as he talked about the murder of their 19-year-old son. “It happens in my head every day. I can’t watch movies – violent movies – I can’t watch them. I am confused. “
Shawn Brown understands this trauma; He lost his sister, niece and nephew in this year’s mass shootings on Randolph Street.
“It’s life changing to an extent I never thought I’d have to endure,” said 42-year-old Brown. “The pain and sadness I feel every day – it’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and it’s the last thing I sleep on.”
18 Hoosiers killed in mass shootings and their families, like Browns, want to know why.
I just think enough is enough and it is time for everyone to come together and work together as a community, city and nation to put an end to the violence.
Shawn Brown, attorney and family of the victims of the mass shooting on Randolph Street
According to Stucky, Brown’s efforts are part of a series of solutions to change the upward trend in mass shootings and general gun violence. His organization, Enough Is Enough, will work with multiple stakeholders to host the first Love Community Cookout on May 22nd at Grassy Creek Park on East 30th St. His goal is to combat gun violence with peacekeeping and prevention, which he also hopes to do alongside IMPD.
“The absolute answer is that there are no changes and no major changes. We will continue to see mass shootings and killings,” the researcher explained.
Regarding IMPD, administrators say officials will continue to crack down on increasing gun violence in the community.
“It is sad and terrible that we have to have this discussion over and over again, and I hope this does not become normal for my children and for our country,” said Bailey.
But the data shows that it may already be our new normal.
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