SOUTH BEND —The next night, another double-shooting left a 21-year-old
man and an 18-year-old man with gunshot wounds in their legs.
Phelps recalled a phone call Monday night from Common Council
President and South Bend Police Officer Derek Dieter.
"He said, 'That's sad about the shooting.' And I said, 'Yeah, Saturday
night,' " Phelps said.
"He said, 'No, two more were shot tonight.' And I said, 'Enough is enough.' "
The Kroc Center auditorium was near capacity as Phelps drew from the
entire community -- from Woods to former Irish basketball star LaPhonso
Ellis to interim South Bend Police Chief Chuck Hurley and Dieter -- in
a push to recruit "500 mentors" for at-risk kids and promote
neighborhood watch community policing programs throughout the area.
"If a chubby old crippled chick can do it, you can do it," said Becky
Kaiser of Diamond Street's "Diamond Divas" neighborhood watch group.
The overriding solution of the evening called for ways to keep kids
off the streets and in school.
Aramas Long, 18, a student at Rise Up Academy, said more job
opportunities would keep young people off the streets.
"Especially people who deserve the opportunity to get a job, we're
going to do whatever we got to do to keep that job," Long said. "If we