South Bend home hit by gunfire twice in three days


South Bend, Ind. LaSalle Intermediate School in South Bend was briefly locked down Monday afternoon after shots were heard near the intersection of Fremont and Elwood. The target is said to be a house on that block, which has been shot at twice in the past three days.

The owner of the home fears her safety and asked not to be identified. Several neighbors heard the shots Monday afternoon and came outside to witness two African American males running from behind the house and through the field next to the home. Witnesses said they jumped into a black car driven by a third person which then left the scene heading north.

“I hear a noise and every time I jump,” said the home owner, who now fears being alone in her own home.

The victim said her house was also shot at around midnight on Friday. She counted 6 shots and says they sounded to have been fired at a close vicinity.

“It sounded like machine guns,” she said. “I thought they were in the house but they weren't.”

One shot entered her home through the wall of the bathroom and exited into the hallway. Police examined the scene on both days but had given her no leads as of Monday afternoon.

“I've got to live here, I don't have anywhere to go,” she said. “You know I could stay with my son but I want to stay in my own house.”

Neighbors are equally concerned with the recent string of shootings.

“Twice in the same place, in the same neighborhood,” said one neighbor, who heard the shots Monday and witnessed the men leaving the scene. “It's gotta be drug related, it's gotta be, it just doesn't make sense.”

Police have reported that the school lockdown was precautionary and no one was injured by the gunfire.


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