Indianapolis to host national anti-violence summit

Police tape blocks the street in front of the scene of a shooting that left three dead the previous night in the Lakeside Manor neighborhood of Indianapolis Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Indianapolis. The Indiana capital has already recorded 60 homicides and is on pace to have its deadliest year in eight years.  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Police tape blocks the street in front of the scene of a shooting that left three dead the previous night in the Lakeside Manor neighborhood of Indianapolis Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Indianapolis. The Indiana capital has already recorded 60 homicides and is on pace to have its deadliest year in eight years. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Public safety leaders from Detroit, Chicago, Gary and other urban areas will share strategies for reducing homicides when they meet in Indianapolis later this year while a near-record homicide rate plagues Indiana’s capital.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday the Sept. 3-5 summit will bring together dozens of Justice Department officials from around the country. They’ll also include leaders from Philadelphia; St. Louis; Louisville, Kentucky; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Indianapolis has had at least 62 homicides through the first five months of the year and could rival the record 162 in 1998 at a time when slayings are declining in in large cities such as Chicago and New York.

Hogsett says best practices to prevent violence that are working in other urban areas need to be brought to Indianapolis.

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