Niles mayor issues statement about recent gun violence

Niles Mayor Nick Shelton issued a statement about the recent gun violence in the city. Late Tuesday night a 16-year old girl and a 18-year-old woman were killed in a shooting on N. Sixth Street. Three males were also injured in the shooting.

Mayor Shelton's statement: 

The City of Niles has experienced tragic incidents of gun violence in recent weeks. These acts cause devastation to all involved and impact the lives of each and every Niles resident. Upon investigation, it appears that these incidents of gun violence are related to each other and, in most cases, several witnesses to the events have been identified. The City of Niles Police Department is working closely with Berrien County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police on this continuing investigation. City of Niles Officials are imploring the community to come together and share any information pertaining to these cases with law enforcement. Sharing what was witnessed can be difficult, especially when witnesses are recounting actions that result in death. However, it is imperative that the community works together to assist in identifying those responsible and to, hopefully, put an end to these senseless acts.

Anyone with information pertaining to these shootings can contact the Niles Police Department at 269-683-1313, or Crime Stoppers. Those with information can also text TIPNILESPD and your tip to: CRIMES (274637), or relay that information online at All tips through Tipsoft remain anonymous.

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