Mayor Tom Dermody said the City of La Porte will be cracking down on violence following two shootings over the weekend.
“We are outraged by the senseless shootings that occurred this Sunday,” Dermody said. “Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in our city, and our police department will not rest until the perpetrators are caught and charged to the fullest extent of the law.”
Officers were called to a disturbance involving numerous subjects at 3 a.m. Sunday morning in a parking lot across the street from Mickey’s Bar & Grill. Two gunshot victims were transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital. City of La Porte Police Chief Paul Brettin said no arrests have been made at this time.
At 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a drive-by shooting of a vacant apartment in the 200 block of Jefferson Ave. Two houses were hit, though only one is believed to have been the target house. Brettin said no one was hurt in this incident and it is currently under investigation. He said it is unknown at this time if this was connected to the shooting that occurred earlier that day.
Dermody said city officials and police officers will continue efforts to curb violence throughout the city.
“Since January, our code enforcement team has taken extraordinary measures to crack down on negligent landlords and tenants and clean up our community,” Dermody said. “In addition, with the new self-reporting system, our police officers can spend more time patrolling the streets where they belong. We will be out in full force to send a clear message: this behavior will not be accepted in the City of La Porte.”
Both investigations are currently ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 219-362-9446.