A bullet was found in South Bend’s City-County Building, just a few offices down from the mayor’s office. The bullet was discovered on the floor after entering the building and bouncing around, hitting the ceiling at one point.
“We’ve had penetration through the roof. We’ve never had penetration actually come into the complex itself,” said Brian Davidson, head of building maintenance, talking to WNDU-TV.
Caled Bauer, City Communications director, said the bullet was found about 25 feet from the mayor’s office.
“We don’t know for sure when this bullet came into the building. But, assuming it was around midnight on New Year’s Eve, so thankfully, no one was here,” he said.
The bullet was discovered Tuesday when people came back to work.
“It’s crazy for anything like this to happen in South Bend, just not here because we work here, but all around town,” said Derek Dieter, one of the county commissioners.
“I don’t know how much other damage there is around town. I don’t know how much other damage was done to business and residential. I know parents take their kids in the basement, which, that is ridiculous,” said Dieter.
In Marion County, the 911 system went down in the early hours of New Year’s Day because so many people were calling to report celebratory gunfire. Both cities warned people about the consequences of shooting into the air, that someone could be hurt, that property could be damaged or that a fine is involved if you’re caught.
In South Bend, a 71-year-old woman was grazed by such a bullet.