Indianapolis closing nightlife street because of violence

In this photo provided by Mark Dickhaus, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers prepare to clear an area after multiple gunshots were heard by an officer early Saturday, July 5, 2014, in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, police spokesman Lt. Christopher Bailey said in a news release. One man is in critical condition at a local hospital, Bailey said. Five other men and a woman also were shot, but do not have life-threatening injuries. All of the victims were in their 20s. (AP Photo/Mark Dickhaus)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis officials will close the main street through a nightlife district to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights to reduce violence there.

Indianapolis police Lt. Chris Bailey says the midnight-4 a.m. closure of several blocks of Broad Ripple Avenue could begin as soon as this weekend. Seven people were injured by gunfire there early on July 5.

Only emergency vehicles and taxis would be allowed past blockades on the street. Officials say pedestrians won’t be allowed to stand on the roadway, only to cross it.

Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand says the new policy should reduce the number of drivers who cruise the avenue. He says drivers sometimes park their cars simply to talk with people outside bars without going inside.

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