CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Thursday saw updates to big murder cases in Charlottesville.

First, the man accused of shooting and killing one person and wounding two others on the Downtown Mall was indicted.

Thirty-three-year-old Marcel Darell Washington of Charlotte, N.C., was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree murder and two counts of malicious wounding.

The shooting happened on Oct. 23 in and out of Lucky Blue's bar on the Downtown Mall. Washington was arrested on Oct. 28 and has been in jail ever since.

A grand jury also indicted 38-year-old Tadashi Demetrius Keyes, who is accused of shooting and killing local anti-gun violence activist Eldridge Vandrew Smith when Smith was sitting in his car in the Fifeville neighborhood on the night of Jan. 28.

Charges were upgraded from second-degree to first-degree murder. Keyes is still in jail awaiting trial.

While these cases work their way through the courts, community members want to know what is being done to stop such instances of violent crime.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Christopher Kavanaugh spoke about using the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), which is like a fingerprint system for guns.

"More suspects will be identified. More suspects will be arrested. More violent crimes will be closed. More people will be held accountable. And when more people see that, more people will be deterred from violent crime, our communities will be safer and our citizens will feel safer," he said.

He said this should help not only with prosecuting violent crime but also with preventing it in the region.