Shots scare neighbors in South Bend Sunday night

NOW: Shots scare neighbors in South Bend Sunday night


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Shots fired in South Bend. It's a headline we're seeing way too often.

Sunday night, neighbors living near the downtown area heard the shots from their own homes.

"It went bam, bam, bam, bam, bam," says Amanda Ward. "Very rapid fire. Very fast."

The sound of shots fired shattered the night air in the Near West Side Neighborhood. 

The shot spotter went off around 10:30 p.m.

South Bend Police say they were called to Wayne Avenue, after a man says he was driving through, when his car was hit by gunfire. 

He's fine, but questions are still unanswered.

"We didn't hear police sirens or anything afterwards, so we sort of brushed it off," Ward says. "That was pretty disturbing."

Shots were heard all the way from Washington Street and Scott Street. 

"A few days ago, we had something going on in our neighborhood too, and it's like what is going on?" says Tammy Bell. 

Both Ward and Bell live on separate streets, and the uptick in violence is something they're just not happy about.

"Disturbing that people come in and think they can do whatever they want in our neighborhood," Bell adds. 

"Gun violence is scary," says Ward.

It's a scary side to South Bend that both women hope will change soon.

"You don't see officers on foot patrol in this neighborhood, which I think would be really nice," says Ward. 

"We need anger management," adds Bell. "I think that's the number one thing we all need, anger management. And just to get along with each other."

South Bend Police say this is still under investigation and they did find several shell casings. They also say they've been conducting foot patrols in multiple neighborhoods including this one. 

Anyone with information is asked to call SBPD or Crime Stoppers.

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