(Michigan City, IN) - Complaints of gunfire in Michigan City have gone up dramatically. According to police, the number of ”shots fired” calls in 2020 were over 40-percent higher than 2019.
There were 387 calls for service because of reported gunshots in 2020, compared to 271 the previous year, police said. Police said close to 200 firearms were also seized last year, with handguns representing about 75-percent of the seizures. 64 arrests were also made for a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses related to the use of guns.
Several months ago, Michigan City Police Chief Dion Campbell said families moving here from the Chicago area, with children engaging in poor decision making, was a factor in a rise in gun violence here the past few years. Today, he also cited an upsurge of violent crimes nationwide for having an impact locally.
Campbell said a very aggressive and specialized team of highly trained officers is being put together “to deal with the issues were are facing.”