SOUTH BEND, Ind. - One man is in custody, booked on the preliminary charge of murder in the shooting death of a man late Saturday night in South Bend.
St. Joseph County Metro Homicide confirmed that a victim died of a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Police responded to a shooting near the intersection of Olive Street and Linden Avenue in South Bend shortly before midnight Saturday.
Witnesses say there were people inside the Percy's Heating and Cooling Appliance Repair building when an argument broke out and the man was shot.
"You can't tell a gun shot from a fire cracker so I didn't know anything until I went next door and my neighbor said someone got killed down the street," said Jerome Bullerd, who has lived down the street for 37 years. "It's happening everywhere and it's a shame."
It had been nearly three months since South Bend saw its last fatal shooting. The shooting deaths of 2-year-old John Swoveland, Jr. and 18-year-old Nathan Hall back in April reignited South Bend's war on gun violence.
"I think what has really worked well for us over the last several months is the fact that lay folks, ministers, the government people have stayed in their own lanes and are getting the work done that they are supposed to," said South Bend Common Council Member Henry Davis Jr. when asked about the movement's progress.
Davis said additional resources still need to be invested in the city's trouble spots if real progress is to be made.
"If we don't continue to make the proper investments in those particular areas we're probably going to see the same rerun," he said.
Metro Homicide has yet to release the identities of the victim and suspect in this case pending pathology results.