Updated: May 11, 2013 10:23PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials are teaming up with Indianapolis police and prosecutors to combat gun violence that has surged in five high-crime areas of the city.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett tells The Indianapolis Star that it would be “immoral” for federal officials to stand by and not do anything to help reduce violent crime.
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs has targeted five areas near downtown as part of an initiative that aims to identify the causes of violent crime and the most dangerous people in those areas.
Hogsett says a mix of drugs, guns and gangs has created a deadly atmosphere in the “hot zones.” About half of all city homicides in the last six years have occurred in or near those areas.