Hideout Lounge shooting in Mishawaka was a murder-suicide, Metro Homicide says

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By: Krystal Vivian and Tabitha Waggoner kvivian@953mnc.com and twaggoner@elkharttruth.com

A Sunday, May 24 morning shooting in Mishawaka that left two dead and another injured was a murder-suicide, St. Joseph County Metro Homicide says.

Devin Johnson, 21, of Elkhart, shot 22-year-old Tyler Layton and an 18-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Hideout Lounge, 13261 Chippewa Blvd., Mishawaka, Sunday morning before shooting himself, Commander Tim Corbett with Country Metro Homicide said during a Friday, May 29 press conference.

Johnson and Layton had exchanged texts and planned to meet at the bar’s parking lot for a fight, Corbett said.

The meeting was supposed to involve no weapons. Johnson shot Layton and the 18-year-old woman at point-blank range.

County Metro Homicide doesn’t believe the fistfight occurred.

Johnson died Sunday evening at Memorial Hospital.

Layton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they believed the fight was over a female — but not the one who was shot. Police aren’t sure why she was shot, but she was able to confirm investigators’ theory that the shooting was a murder-suicide. She’s conscious but in a lot of pain, Corbett said.

Police have been vigilant in releasing information because they want it to be correct, according to CMHU.

Releasing inaccurate information or going off Facebook rumors does a “disservice to the families and the community,” Corbett said.

It’s not yet known why the Hideout Lounge parking lot was chosen. The bar wasn’t open at the time of the shooting.

Charges won’t be filed since the shooter died.