As Mayor Pete Buttigieg was hitting the presidential campaign trail in Iowa last weekend, back home in South Bend, Ind., the city was plagued by a spate of shootings – with police officers warning of plummeting morale and a worsening situation on the ground.
“It’s crazy, it’s like the Wild West out there,” South Bend Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Harvey Mills told Fox News in an interview Tuesday, suggesting criminals are taking advantage of a demoralized and short-staffed police department.
Three people were shot early Sunday on the west side of the city, in what was described as a “very large crime scene.” Police said more than 67 shots were fired by multiple shooters. WNDU reported that two men suffered a chest and an arm injury, respectively, and were taken to the hospital. Another man later walked into the hospital with a hand injury.
That shooting was one of a slew of such incidents. Between late Saturday and early Sunday, there were nine other reports of shots being fired, with more than 119 shots fired that night alone. On Tuesday, WNDU reported two additional shootings overnight – with one person