Police arrest father wanted in 6-year-old son's shooting

By: John Hanlon, Mark Peterson Email
By: John Hanlon, Mark Peterson Email

South Bend, Ind. Police have found the man they believe shot his 6-year-old son on Halloween night.

Kenny Dawaine Lee, 29, has been charged with criminal recklessness and attempted battery.

He had fled the shooting scene on a bicycle Thursday night.

Kenny Holloway, the 6-year-old boy, had injuries described as non-life threatening--but serious. Court documents indicate that doctors didn’t know if they’d be able to save the boy’s entire leg and foot.

Police don’t believe Lee meant to shoot his son.

As Lee and another adult argued in the front yard of the home at 754 North Olive Street, the boy watched it all from the porch.

“It appears that he (Lee) did something very, very dangerous; shot in the general vicinity of his kids,” said Capt. Trent.

Police believe little Kenny Holloway was caught in the crossfire and that the father was actually shooting at “we believe the mother’s brother,” said Capt. Trent.

Court documents indicate that Lee came to the home to visit his three children and their mother. Lee apparently began arguing with her brother about Lee’s responsibilities towards the children.

Court documents indicate that the woman asked Lee to leave and that’s when the argument moved to the front lawn.

“I was in my bedroom and I was watching TV at the time and I heard the gunshot, only one shot,” said Olive Street resident Arthur Tate.

After the shot was fired, Lee allegedly left the scene on a bicycle.

Late Friday afternoon, criminal charges of Criminal Recklessness and Attempted Assault were filed against Lee. Both are class C felonies that could result in two to eight years in prison.

The shooting scene is about six blocks north of a convenience store on Olive where three men were shot last weekend.

The shooting scene is about three blocks north of Kennedy School.

“We’re talking about an area that is more than 50 percent unemployment, we’re talking about an impoverished area of the city and we just really need to be able to sit down and have an edifying conversation so we can rectify what is actually going on,” said South Bend 2nd District Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.

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