(9-12-18) During the overnight hours of September 11 and 12 Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety responded to multiple reports of shots being fired and people injured by gunfire.
BHDPS responded to the 1000 block of Bishop to a report of shots fired at approximately 11:39 pm and found a 28 year old male victim suffering from a non-life threating gunshot wound to the lower leg. The victim was transported by Medic1 ambulance to Lakeland Hospital for treatment. At this time there is no suspect information on this shooting.
At approximately 11:45 pm BHDPS officers were called to Lakeland ER for a report of a 29 year old male that also wounded by gunfire. Officers investigated and found that the man was wounded in the 1000 block of Jennings. The victim in this shooting is suffering serious injuries as a result of this shooting. There is no suspect information for this incident at this time.
While investigating the prior two shootings BHDPS officers heard gunshots at 12:30 am on September 12th. Officers responded to the 600 Block of Empire and found a two male victims at a residence who were suffering from multiple gunshots. The victims were treated and transported by Medic1 ambulance to Lakeland Hospital for treatment. One male is currently in critical condition while the other suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives from the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety, Benton Township PD, ST Joe City DPS, ST Joe Township PD, Berrien County Sheriffs Dept., Michigan State Police and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are actively investigating all three of the incidents. There were 3 long guns and a handgun recovered during this investigation. There is no suspect information available at this time. It is currently unknown if these incidents are related.
BHDPS is requesting help in this investigation, if you have information regarding any of these incidents please contact Detectives at the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety via the tip line at 269-927-0293 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-342 STOP (7867).