Three Dutch commandos from the Army of the Netherlands were in Indianapolis for training. A gunman opened fire on them as they were returning to a Hampton Inn Saturday morning. At least five shots were fired. Witnesses say it was a drive-by shooting.
The trio was attending training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana. It was their day off when they were shot. Simmie Poetsema, 26, was killed. The second victim is still listed as being in serious condition. The third is in stable condition.
Indianapolis police say the men were walking back to their hotel when an “altercation” occurred in front of INVY nightclub. This is a venue that hosts hip-hop artists and rappers. Afterward, a block and a half from INVY, a silver Ford F-150 slowed down as it drove past the men. A shooter in the vehicle opened fire.
Police say they are reviewing security videos. No description of the suspect has been given in the media or in any police press release. It is likely that police know the race of the suspect, but it is being intentionally concealed from the public to be politically correct.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett downplayed the incident saying the city’s anti-crime initiatives are working. Last June, Hogsett publicly bragged that 2022 homicides were down 10% over the same time period in 2021. This is highly misleading because Indianapolis homicides exploded by 39.6% in 2020 and another 15.8% in 2021. The so-called “reduced” number of homicides in 2022 is still wildly higher than in 2019 or earlier. Also, in January of 2021, a 17-year-old Black male murdered six people in a mass shooting in Indianapolis. This one incident accounts for the majority of the 10% difference.
2011: 95 (828k, 11.52 per 100k)
2018: 161 (867k, 18.6 per 100k)
2019: 154 (876k, 17.6 per 100k)
2020: 215 (888k, 24.2 per 100k)
2021: 249 (892k, 27.9 per 100k)
In the first six months of 2022, Indianapolis had 110 homicides.
Between 2011 and 2020, 78.1% of all suspects arrested for murder or non-negligent manslaughter in Indianapolis were Black. The city is about 30% Black.
A large majority of all murders in Indianapolis are Black on Black. However, there are also many Black on White murders as well. On July 13th, three White victims, Kyler Musick, Malcolm Purdue, and Kyndra Swift were murdered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The suspects are two Black males, Daniel Lamar Jones and Devin Xavier Myers. On June 30th, Anthony Garland, a 34 year old White male, was killed while driving for Lyft in Indianapolis. The suspect is Devin Powell, a 24 year old Black male.