Indianapolis grasps for answers in a violent year

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is in the grip of one of its most violent years on record.

The Indiana capital has already recorded 60 homicides and is on pace to have its deadliest year in eight years. The city could even rival the record 162 slayings in 1998 if the hot summer months accelerate the violence as expected.

Authorities and community groups are grasping for ways to stem the bloodshed — enlisting community groups for street patrols, adding more police officers and increasing the presence of McGruff the Crime Dog to keep younger kids from going bad.

But the numbers keep rising. City officials and community groups alike agree the dilemma is rooted in social problems that go back decades, and it won't be solved simply or quickly.

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