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Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — The state's capital city on Monday broke its all-time murder record — set just last year — when police tallied the 150th criminal homicide of 2017.

The record-setting victim, whose name has not been released, was found shot multiple times in his apartment on Indianapolis' northeast side.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive for the killing.

The homicide marks the third year in a row where Indianapolis has surpassed its prior murder record, and the seventh consecutive year that total murders in the city have increased or remained steady, according to police data.

With an average of three killings a week, Indianapolis is on pace to hit 156 murders before the year is out.

That would be nearly a 5-percent increase over the 149 murders recorded in 2016, and 8 percent more than the 144 murders in 2015.

Records show there were 138 Indianapolis murders in 2014, 125 in 2013 and 96 in both 2012 and 2011.

Prior to the city's recent violent stretch, Indianapolis' most deadly year on record was 1998 when 143 people were murdered.

Mayor Joe Hogsett, a Democrat elected in 2015 due in part to his tough-on-crime attitude as U.S. attorney, last week took responsibility for the city's homicide tally growing on his watch.

"The level of violence we've seen this year is heartbreaking — and completely unacceptable — and it is clear that we must do more on behalf of Indianapolis neighborhoods," Hogsett said at a city hall press conference.

He's proposed increasing the number of Indianapolis police officers, working with federal agencies to crack down on illegal gun possession and spending $1 million a year on neighborhood violence prevention initiatives.

"Every person, every organization, every church, every community in the city has a role to play and can help in this effort," Hogsett said.

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Statehouse Bureau Chief

Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.