UPDATE: South Bend Police investigating drive-by shooting


South Bend Police are investigating after a teen was injured in a drive-by shooting Monday.

It happened just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of S. Wellington.

Police say at least three shots were fired and one of the bullets hit the ground before ricocheting and hitting a teen in the chest.

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but the teen refused medical treatment.

Police say they don't know much about the victim because he refused to cooperate.

"Pardon the pun, but it handcuffs us," said Capt. Scott Ruszkowski. "We need some information, a little bit more than what we gathered on our own to hopefully find and stop these things from happening before somebody does end up dying out here."

He says at least two homes were also hit by bullets, but no one inside was injured.

Several neighbors gave police descriptions of cars that might have been involved in the drive-by. They also indicated they think the shooting was gang-related.

One neighbor who didn't want his face or name shown for safety reasons says the home the shooting happened near has routinely been a problem.

"I'd say at least once a month there's always something going on, the police are flying through here pertaining to that house," he said. "Something do need to happen. I mean, we got probably an hour ago school kids walking through, shots rang out. The landlords need to do something. They need to step up with their tenants."

Ruszkowski says police have been patrolling a roughly 10-block radius near the scene of the shooting because of frequent gun violence.


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