April 17, 2018

Update: Two Charged In Drive-By Shooting That Killed 1-Year-Old Girl

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UPDATED April 17, 2018

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD Chief Bryan Roach announced Tuesday that two men have been charged in the March 29 drive-by shooting that killed 1-year-old Malaysia Robson and injured  her 19-year-old aunt.

Curry says Darrin Banks and Brian Palmer have each been charged with Murder and Battery by means of a deadly weapon.  

"In Indiana, a murder can be charged as intentional meaning it was your conscious objective to kill a person or it can be charged as knowing, which means that you are aware of a high probability that the conduct you are engaging in could result in death"

Curry says the shooting would not meet the standards of a death penalty case. Two women who are believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, Darrha Banks and Sydney Guynn, are sought as persons of interest. They have not been accused of a crime, but are asked to come forward to speak with detectives.  

Detectives say the shooting was related to an ongoing dispute between several family members and close friends of the families

Orignial Post March 30, 2018

Police say a 1-year old girl is dead and a 19-year old woman wounded after shots were fired at a home in Indianapolis early Thursday morning. 

At an afternoon news press conference, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Chief Bryan Roach and community leaders called for action. 

Anthony Beverly is the director of Stop The Violence in Indianapolis and works with the area’s community resource development council. He says several community organizations have already started meeting to put together a violence production plan. But he says that will not be enough.

“None of this will work without you standing up and taking your rightful place in this entire plan,” Beverly says. “We need mentors and life coaches. They’re needed. Men, women, step up. Elders, step up! We cannot do it without you.”

Beverly says they are considering plans that have worked in other cities across the country.

Mayor Joe Hogsett also connected the moment to the national conversation about gun violence and called for action. He also says apathy and silence about gun violence is his biggest fear following the shooting early Thursday. 

"We must have the courage to speak – to each other, to a pastor, to a police officer. We must have the conviction to come together and unite for peace, rather than allow a deaf ear to be turned towards the cry of our neighbors,” Hogsett says. “We must do these things."

IMPD Chief Roach says a dispute on social media escalated into the shooting.

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