INDIANAPOLIS – A man shot outside a nightclub died Friday, becoming the city's 14th homicide victim in a crime spree that has terrorized residents and prompted the mayor to declare an "extreme emergency."
Billy Isaac Jr., 18, was shot Aug. 5, along with a 16-year-old who died shortly after. The fatal shootings were among 14 that occurred over less than a week earlier this month, prompting police to step up patrols in trouble spots and lengthen officers' shifts.
Even before the rash of killings stunned the city of about 863,000, Indiana's capital already was on track for its bloodiest year since 1998, when 162 people died. So far this year, 95 people have been slain in Indianapolis.
Prayer vigils and special church services are planned for victims.
Mayor Bart Peterson, meanwhile, has declared the spree an "extreme emergency." City leaders announced a plan Wednesday intended to relieve strain on the Marion County Jail by spending about $2.2 million this year to create a night court for some cases.
Peterson called for an extra $54 million increase in public safety and criminal justice spending in 2007, comparing the crime wave to a natural disaster.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he plans to add six deputy prosecutors to the homicide unit, bringing the total to 12.