Security footage captures early morning shooting
SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- South Bend Police continue to investigate a shooting that injured four people early Sunday morning. It happened near Milton and St. Joseph Streets in South Bend. Officials have released the genders and ages of the four victims. The youngest one, a 26 year old male, is still in critical condition at the hospital. There are no further updates regarding the other three victims that sustained non-life threatening injuries.
A neighbor’s security camera picks up the footage of when the shots were fired. The neighbor, Edgar Franco, did not hear the gunshots so he was shocked when he reviewed the footage his outdoor security cameras caught.
“I checked the security footage, and the first thing I see was a video playback of a cop just walking around, I was like ‘oh something big happened,’” recalls Franco. “I was speechless.”
The shooting leaves four victims with injuries, and it was a busy night for officers as they responded to two separate locations for the same shooting.
“As they were working this scene, another individual was found to be shot in the 1600 block of Chapin, and then two more individuals arrived at Memorial Hospital also suffering from gunshot wounds,” says Captain Jason Biggs with the South Bend Police Department.
For nearby neighbors like Franco, the gun violence has them nervous about where a stray bullet could fly. For officers, the violence has them urging the community to come together.
“It’s kind of sad, happening around here these shootings,” says Franco. “It’s very tragic right now.”
“It needs to stop,” Captain Biggs pleads. “We are one community, there’s absolutely no reason to pull out a handgun and shoot at another individual, that violence needs to stop.”
The South Bend Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation, which is active and ongoing.
If you saw, heard, or know anything about the shooting, police urge you to submit an anonymous tip to Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.