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Indianapolis closing nightlife street on weekends

In this photo provided by Mark Dickhaus, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers set up a crime scene boundary after multiple gunshots were heard by an officer early Saturday in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, police spokesman Lt. Christopher Bailey said in a news release. One man was in critical condition at a local hospital, Bailey said. Five other men and a woman also were shot, but did not have life-threatening injuries. All of the victims were in their 20s. (Photo from The Associated Press)
In this photo provided by Mark Dickhaus, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers set up a crime scene boundary after multiple gunshots were heard by an officer early Saturday in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, police spokesman Lt. Christopher Bailey said in a news release. One man was in critical condition at a local hospital, Bailey said. Five other men and a woman also were shot, but did not have life-threatening injuries. All of the victims were in their 20s. (Photo from The Associated Press)
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Friday, July 11, 2014 10:01 am
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis officials will close the main street through a nightlife district to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights to reduce violence there.Indianapolis police Lt. Chris Bailey says the midnight-4 a.m. closure of several blocks of Broad Ripple Avenue could begin as soon as this weekend. Seven people were injured by gunfire there early July 5.

Only emergency vehicles and taxis would be allowed past blockades on the street. Officials say pedestrians won't be allowed to stand on the roadway, only to cross it.

Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand says the new policy should reduce the number of drivers who cruise the avenue. He says drivers sometimes park their cars simply to talk with people outside bars without going inside.

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