A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with shooting death of a 16-year-old boy earlier this month on South Bend’s southeast side.
It was back on Oct. 21 when South Bend Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers found Noelle Riggins, 16, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Riggins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers with the Violent Crimes Unit centered in on the suspect, Sidney Hockaday, 39, after finding his cell phone at the crime scene.
According to court documents, the last communication from Hockaday’s phone was to set up a meeting with Riggins to sell him marijuana in the area of the shooting. A witness provided a description of the vehicle Hockaday was in during the meeting with Riggins, and, once armed with a search warrant, investigators found spent shell casings and drug evidence, including pot, in the vehicle.
According to the court documents, nearly a week after the shooting, Hockaday voluntarily surrendered himself at the South Bend Police Department without being called or summoned to come in by police.
Hockaday is now charged with murder with a firearm enhancement and two counts of dealing marijuana.