It's easy to stay in "autopilot" mode as we go through our daily routines, but we need to consider paying more attention now -- since arson, homicides and robberies are dominating the local news lately.
When I was was taking photos where the second shooting victim, an 18-year-old Indianapolis man, was killed last weekend, it dawned on me how close I was standing to Wabash Avenue.
A 24-hour Walgreens, a Domino's Pizza, Sonka's Bar and the police headquarters are located within a block of the party he had attended. Police found him lying in a vacant lot near a residence on S. 13 1/2 Street.
The gunshot victim died just hours after the Indiana State University Homecoming Parade made its way along the route close to there on Wabash Avenue.
No one saw or heard anything suspicious leading up to the shots fired. Or at least they didn't report it at the time, which officials say can prevent such tragic events from happening.
"By their nature, violent crimes are not typically something that people can predict, but one of the best deterrents is to be mindful of your surroundings, and report suspicious activity," said Terre Haute Police Department Assistant Chief Shawn Keen recently.
Watchful eyes can make all the difference. The same goes for the homicide the night before, at the 6th Avenue Bar on the north side. If alerted by citizens, officers can investigate and provide extra patrols in areas of concern.
What if someone had noticed things were getting out of hand at the both places, and called authorities before guns were fired? Would the victims still be alive? Maybe.
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 47, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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