Woman killed in New Year's Eve shooting adds to Indianapolis' record toll

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appears to have climbed one death higher on New Year‘s Eve after a woman was shot and killed early Sunday on the northwest side. 

The woman‘s body was found shortly before 5 a.m. at the Aspen Chase at Eagle Creek apartment complex in the 5300 block of Acorn Lane, near 56th Street and Moller Road.

Officials said the still unidentified victim was on the sidewalk and suffering from a gunshot wound. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

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Police have not released any information about a possible suspect or motive. The shooting remains under investigation. 

This shooting could mark the city‘s 154th criminal homicide of the year. Indianapolis broke , making 2017 the city‘s deadliest year on record and the third consecutive year of record-breaking violence in the city.

It is also the second homicide investigation of the weekend. , a man was found dead on a porch in the 1500 block of Goldenrod Drive.

Criminal homicides in Indianapolis have been on the rise every year since 2012, reaching new heights in 2015, with 144 criminal homicides recorded, and again in 2016 with 149. With 154 criminal homicides, 2017 would mark a third consecutive year of record highs. 

Deaths that occurred earlier in the year can be reclassified after further investigation. Such was the case earlier this month when a killing was ruled an act of self-defense.

Data released earlier this year by the FBI showed a 7 percent increase in the number of violent crimes committed in Indianapolis last year, outpacing the rest of the state and country. Violent crime grew across the state by 4.6 percent and across the country by 4.1 percent, according to the data.

This story will be updated. 

IndyStar reporters Holly V. Hays, Ryan Martin and Vic Ryckert contrivuted to this story. Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at or email him at justin.mack. Follow him on .

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