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Police address violence and kids killing kids


Tyrone Kelly's murder marks the fifth murder in St. Joe County this year. Four have happened in the last month. Friday, during a wide-ranging news conference, top city officials gathered to ask the community to help them fight this terrible wave of violence.

"They just don't think about it. They don't for whatever reason. Instead of fist fighting, like we used to do, it's a gun," says David Wells, assistant commander of the South Bend Metro Homicide Unit. He says in response to the triple shooting by Joilise Crossley, "All they need to do is think for one second that in one split moment, they change so many lives on so many different levels."

If Crossley is convicted of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of criminal recklessness, she could spend 66 years behind bars. That means the young 19-year-old girl could be locked up until she's 85.

South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman says, "People settle their disputes with firearms and knives as we've witnessed over this last month. We find this intolerable and unacceptable."

Police have been able to get to the scene of some of the shootings faster thanks to newly installed shot spotters, devices that alert police when a gun is fired. That includes Wednesday's incident on Johnson Street

The South Bend Police Department and Metro Homicide say shot spotter has aided them in their investigations, but they still need help from the community. They say shot spotter only covers 7% of the City of South Bend. Teachman says, "We're asking the community not only to assist us in a particular case or cases, but to rise up with a moral voice." Teachman says the department's door is always open. He says anonymous and neighborhood tips will never be turned away, and they could be the difference in curbing the violence.

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