Violence from apartments spilling over into nearby housing complex

South Bend, Ind. For the third time this year, a bullet fired from a problematic South Bend apartment complex ended up in a nearby home.

It was discovered over the weekend in the siding of a unit at Southmore Mutual Housing Corporation. The property manager says the shots are coming from Miami Hills Apartments, which are just on the other side of the fence.

"People are very afraid to be living next to those kinds of situations," said Terrance Wruble. "When they're put in a situation where they're living next to dangerous situations, you know, I've watched grown men break down and cry."

Wruble says those living at Southmore are becoming increasingly frustrated with the violence.

They've met with city leaders several times about their concerns. Some of the issues have been addressed by the new chronic problem property ordinance that went into effect last month. It fines landlords for repeat calls to the same address over a certain period of time.

But, Wruble says they can't wait for calls to rack up before something changes at Miami Hills.

"Our fear is that somebody's going to get injured or killed," he said.

The city met with the owner of Miami Hills before the new ordinance went into effect and requested several changes. Additional lighting has been added and bushes around the fencing have been trimmed.

But, those living at Southmore say security is the real issue. While there are two off-duty police officers who patrol the grounds at times, Southmore residents don't think it's enough.

"They need to start upping the security over there," Wruble said. "Just the security itself would stop this from happening. But, they don't do that."

The common council is aware of the issue and is encouraging Southmore residents to voice their concerns at a Nov. 25 meeting.

"We hear their cries and we're going to do something about it," Oliver Davis said.

NewsCenter 16 contacted the South Bend Police Department to find out how many calls for service there have been to Miami Hills since the problem property ordinance was implemented, but we're still waiting on a response.

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