Neighbors on edge following Niles mass shooting that left two teenagers dead
NILES, Mich. -- Neighbors in Niles are reacting after two teens were shot and killed and three others were hospitalized.
The five teens were shot just before midnight on Tuesday on 6th Street in Niles.
Witnesses tell ABC57 that the incident began on the intersection of Eagle Street and ended when the teens ran back to a home on the 600 block.
Investigators say a group fired shots at the home and then drove away.
15-year-old Demi Galvin and 18-year-old Yasmeen Scott were pronounced dead at the scene.
The three teen boys who were shot were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
Now neighbors tell ABC57 they're scared because of the recent uptick in violence in that area.
“Awe man, just a whole lotta shots. I really didn’t see anything, I was trying to stay out of the way. I really kind of concerned about my kids; their bedrooms are on the front of the house. I was really waiting for it to die down so I could go check on them,” said Niles resident Jared Rusher.
Many residents are now asking the Niles Police Department to step up its patrols in the neighborhood.
“The only thing that I can think of is if the police were to patrol this area more often at night when these things are happening,” said Rusher.
Neighbors, witnesses and family all say they suspect that these recent shootings are gang related.
Two GoFundMe pages were created by family members for support.