One person was found dead and two others were taken to the hospital after a shooting in downtown South Bend.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, in the 400 block of E. LaSalle, according to South Bend Police.
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation.
Metro Homicide released the following information late Sunday afternoon:
At approximately 03:35 a.m., early this morning, July 21st, the South Bend Police Department received several calls reporting gunshots fired in the 300 block of North Niles Ave., near Corby’s Pub. Officers also were in the vicinity when the incident occurred and immediately responded.
Officers located one male adult victim deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
Officers also observed a vehicle driving erratically, northbound on Niles Ave. A traffic stop was initiated on this vehicle near Howard St. and Niles Ave. An additional gunshot wound victim was found to be a passenger in this vehicle. This individual was transported to an area hospital.
A third gunshot wound victim called 911 to report he had been shot, and then flagged down a passing police car on LaSalle St. near The Pointe at St. Joseph Apartments. This victim was transported to an area hospital.
It is believed that all three gunshot victims sustained the gunshot wounds during the same incident in the 300 block of Niles.
Per protocol, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was activated and is currently handling the investigation.
The deceased victim has been identified as Christopher Maurice Chism, 32, of South Bend, and his family has been notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning, July 22nd, in Fort Wayne.
The gunshot wound victims that were transported to an area hospital are identified as a 26-year-old South Bend man and a 25-year-old Benton Harbor man.
The Benton Harbor man remains at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Several witnesses have been interviewed at the County Metro Homicide Unit and this is an active and on-going investigation.
Investigators learned that a dark colored sedan with oversized, aftermarket rims may have left the area just after the shooting.
Anybody with information regarding this incident or the dark sedan are asked to contact the County Metro Homicide Unit at 235-5009 or CrimeStoppers at 288-STOP.