Apartment complex neighboring Miami Hills speaks out about gunfire and loud noise


They may be two apartment complexes that share a fence, but that's about the only thing the two have in common.

A couple of years ago the Southmore Mutual Housing Corporation decided to upgrade a fence that divides Miami Hills and Southmore.

Barbed wire, more lighting and a taller fence were all added to protect about 50 units that border Miami Hills.

There are still constant complaints about rowdy late night activity.

In fact Tuesday around 1 a.m. a stray bullet blew through an elderly couple's screen door and then front door before coming to a stop near their armchair.

This isn't the first time there's been random gunfire from the other side of the fence.

Southmore Housing Manager Terry Wruble says, “The people, they have to listen to music, listen to gun shots, listen to all kind of noise. Mostly during the night time hours 12 to 5 am and they've come to not going in the backyard. They've had to adjust their lives and there is a lot of fear involved. We don't really like that because there's not a lot of fear living here in Southmore.”

Managers at Southmore are hopeful though a new ordinance recently passed in South Bend will bring some relief. It's known as the "nuisance ordinance."

Complexes that exceed a certain number of phone calls to police can be fined.

The idea is force landlords to manage their properties with more control.


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