Neighbors speak out after two deaths on South Bend's west side
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- After four shootings within 24 hours in South Bend, residents who live on South Bend's west side are speaking out. They said they're fed up, and want the violence to stop.
In times like these, Hallie Lawson relies on her faith.
"You know, if they brought the churches back into our neighborhood like they're supposed to, there wouldn't be any of this," Lawson said. "The only person you're supposed to be redeemed from is God, so it's just terrible."
Sunday morning's shooting was the fourth in 24 hours. Something Lawson said is just plain sad.
She's lived on this side of town for 14 years, and sadly, she's grown used to all the violence.
"This town's so small, there shouldn't be as much going on the way it is out here."
Neighbors like Kelli Kotyuk agree. She and her roommate heard the shots Sunday morning, but they weren't sure what it was.
"We thought it was fireworks," Kotyuk said.
Unlike Lawson, she's not used to the violence. She's fed up. That's why she is looking to move.
"I should be able to live in a safe neighborhood."
Both Kotyuk and Lawson think more police presence would help. They said they were quick to respond today, but worry it's only because someone was found dead.
"For you to see this many police, there has to be somebody dead," Lawson said. "You know, people get carjacked, and it takes them 20 minutes to come to the scene. By that time, whoever did it, is gone!"