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3 shootings happen overnight in Benton Harbor, 4 people injured

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Three shootings in Benton Harbor left four people with gunshot wounds late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Deputy director of police services Mike Clark described the night. "It's a lot of chaos," he said 

According to the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety, officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 1000 block of Bishop Avenue around 11:39 p.m. At the scene, they found a 28-year-old victim with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

There are no suspects in this shooting.

Minutes later, around 11:45 p.m. police were called to the Lakeland Hospital emergency room where a 29-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police say the second victim was shot in the 1000 block of Jennings Avenue. The victim sustained serious injuries. There are no suspects in this shooting.

Hope Lewis has lived on Jennings avenue for 28 years. She runs a day care from her home.

“I don’t know where it was coming from. It sounded like it was coming from behind us. But I get up to hear that it was actually right here on my block and on the block behind me and then a couple of blocks up, so it’s all right here," she said. 

While investigating the first two shootings, BHDPS officers heard gunshots come from the 600 block of Empire Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Police found two victims who were shot multiple times.

One of the victims is in critical condition the other was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Several agencies investigated the overnight shootings and recovered three long guns and a handgun.

Police say there are no suspects at this time and it is unknown if the shootings are related.

Lewis says if the crime in the city does not improve, she will consider moving. 

“Nobody wants this. We got kids, we’re scared for the kids and ourselves. So they need to just stop it,” she said. 

BHDPS is requesting help in this investigation, if you have information regarding any of these incidents please contact Detectives at the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety via the tip line at 269-927-0293 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342 STOP (7867).

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety will hold a press conference at 12pm Thursday to address the recent violence in Benton Harbor. 

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