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Deputy Mayor Mark Neal responds to recent violence in South Bend

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The park just blocks away from where 2-year-old Jonathan Swoveland, Jr. was shot, was empty Friday afternoon. Nearby parents say the park used to be bustling with children. Now, even with the 70-degree weather, neither parents nor children are outside.
 
In response to the recent wave of violence that's hit South Bend, Deputy Mayor Mark Neal held a news conference Friday afternoon. "This has been a difficult couple of weeks here in South Bend. I think everyone is appropriately outraged at the recent spade of violence that we've been having," says Neal. He says law enforcement are working tirelessly on cases, including hunting and tracking down the perpetrator(s) who killed Swoveland.

We asked Neal if County Metro Homicide Unit meant gangs when they called the people involved in Wednesday nights shooting "rival groups."  Neal said he couldn't comment on what those groups, gangs, families, or affiliations are, but said law enforcement is working to make these "groups" put down their guns. "We're working hard to make sure there's greater community and police engagement with each other," he says.
 
At the park down the street where the shooting took place, detectives were still investigating the area on Friday, in particular, some of the homes around the park.
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