Indianapolis police say four overnight shootings have left eight people dead, putting the city’s 2014 homicide rate on pace to reach its highest level in seven years.
Police say the city has had 26 homicides so far this year, with one week remaining in February. The city had 21 homicides in January and February 2013.
Attention has focused on violence in Indianapolis following four overnight shootings that resulted in eight deaths by Friday morning. That includes the slaying of two men and two women in a house the city’s south side Thursday night.
The city ended 2013 with 125 homicides. That was the most since 2008, when 114 people were killed. That year also included the city’s bloodiest month in the past seven years, with 19 people slain that July.