South Bend, Ind. One person is dead and two others are recovering after a South Bend home invasion ended in gunfire Wednesday night.
Friday afternoon, prosecutors charged Mario McGrew, 28, with burglary, a Class B Felony and Felony Murder. McGrew was arrested Thursday morning and is currently being held without bond.
Shawn Alexander, 36, has also been charged in this incident with burglary, a Class B Felony, Felony Murder, and robbery, a Class A Felony. Alexander turned himself in to the South Bend Police Department around 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The shooting happened just before 10:15 p.m., Oct. 23 at 18342 Warrick Street, just east of Notre Dame.
Upon arrival, police found one person, Michael Jackson, 40, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
A second person, the homeowner, Robert Carrico, 28, was found alive but with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
A third person, who police later identified as McGrew, was seen fleeing the scene by witnesses but arrived at the hospital a short time later and is also suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
"It appears that we had a couple people that may have approached the door and come in armed," said St. Joseph County Sheriff Michael Grzegorek. "And, some sort of gun battle ensued."
Grzegorek said the homeowner named the suspects, indicating they knew each other.
McGrew told investigators the suspect they were looking for was in fact, Shawn Alexander.
According to McGrew, Alexander and Jackson pushed their way into Carrico's house on Warrick Street and allegedly held the homeowner and two women at gunpoint. Allegedly at that point a gunfight broke out between the Carrico, and Jackson.
"It's not a random act by any means, so I don't want the public to be worried that people are running around doing this," he said. According to witness statements, police believe the individuals involved in the shooting knew one another. Due to recent home invasions in the general area investigators wanted to reassure neighbors that this incident was not random.
Anyone with information about Shawn Alexander, or sees Alexander is asked to contact County Metro Homicide at 235-5509 or their local law enforcement.
As of Thursday afternoon police had not released the name of the homeowner. St. Joseph County tax records indicated a woman named Lisa Carrico currently pays taxes on the property. The White Pages also list a middle-aged woman by that name and a man in his 20’s both live at the residence. Neighbors confirm that Lisa and Robert Carrico currently live there.
Following the night of police activity, neighbors said they were shocked to hear about a crime “to this caliber” on the street. However, people living about a block away said they didn’t hear any gunshots.
Alex Kubsch’s house is just a few lots down from the shooting scene. Wednesday night he noticed a suspicious car driving up and down the street. When the car parked in front of his house, Kubsch said an internal alarm went off with the recent break-ins.
“Maybe five minutes later two black gentlemen came running down the street, hopped in the car and it backed up all the way down the road here and that was the end of it,” Kubsch added. Minutes later police and ambulances arrived to begin their own investigation.
Police say they're still looking for a 22-year-old black male who they want to question about the shooting. He's 5-foot-6 and 200 lbs. He has several face, neck and back tattoos and was last seen a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees a man matching that description should call police.
St. Joseph County Metro Homicide is investigating. Police anticipate formal charges against McGrew to be filed either today or tomorrow.