NILES - Two teenage girls were killed in Niles on Tuesday night in a shooting police believe is connected to two other recent homicides in the area. The deaths are prompting city officials to call for a stop to the violence.
Tuesday night's shooting on North 6th Street left 15-year-old Demi Galvin and 18-year-old Yasmeen Scott dead and three other teenage boys were hospitalized. Niles police say evidence indicates multiple people approached the house around 11:40 p.m. and began firing into the residence.
Demi and Yasmeen's deaths come after a series of shootings in the area of North 6th and North 7th streets north of downtown Niles.
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In the early morning of Aug. 16, Farries Maxwell, 36, was shot and killed on 7th Street, with witnesses saying they saw three people run away after the gunfire. On the evening of Sept. 8, 26-year-old Raquon Glenn was killed near the intersection of 6th and Ferry streets.
A few days later, Niles police responded to numerous reports of gunfire along Ferry Street between 5th and 6th streets. There were no reported injuries, but around 30 shell casings were found, police said. Officials say all of those incidents, including Tuesday night's homicides, are connected and are calling on residents to help law enforcement catch those responsible.
"The City of Niles has experienced tragic incidents of gun violence in recent weeks," a statement released by Niles Mayor Nick Shelton's office read. "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.
"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."
There have been no arrests announced in any of the recent shootings, but officials ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Niles Detective Bureau at 269-683-1313, or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.
The Berrien County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police are helping the Niles Police Department investigate the cases.
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This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: Niles police say girls killed as part of series of connected shootings