It's a staggering statistic: 77 people were shot in South Bend in 2013.
It's a number the South Bend Anti-Violence Coalition wants to slash.
After hearing about Sunday night's shooting on Patty Lane, 34-year-old Lawrence Giden asked himself, "What are we doing to take our community back from violence?"
So on Monday, Giden, a theology graduate student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, found himself at "Don't Shoot," a panel discussion held by the coalition to talk about how it is working to curb the city's violence.
South Bend recently joined the National Network for Safe Communities, using what's called the Violence Reduction Strategy to address gun violence in the city.
Here's how the strategy works: Police officers and community leaders call the individuals involved with gun violence into a sit-down meeting. Those who have been affected by the gun violence have the opportunity to tell the called-in individuals directly how their actions have harmed them.
Then, those individuals are given a choice: They can put down the guns, walk away from a life of violence and reap the benefits of social services provided by the community. Or else, the next group caught among the gun violence will face much harsher consequences.
This "call-in" approach started last April, when the Anti-Violence Coalition was formed.
Some community members spoke up at the discussion, saying too much time has gone by with no results.
But South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman, co-chair of the coalition, said the strategy takes time to implement, and there's still a lot of groundwork to be done.
"If given a choice between doing it fast and doing it right, we want to make sure we do this right," Teachman said.
He could not say when the coalition will start the process of calling the individuals in.
He added the strategy has had dramatic results in other cities like Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, reducing gun violence without putting more people in jail.
"I'm very confident this will work in South Bend, but it won't work if it's police and the prosecutor doing the talking," Teachman said. "The community has to talk about this as well. It's a community problem."
And Giden wants to be part of the community solution.
"I'm a part of the South Bend community," Giden said, "and as long as I get involved and speak up, I'm doing my part."