SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A 19-year-old woman has been arrested for Wednesday night’s triple shooting on Johnson Street in South Bend.
The gunfire occurred outdoors in the 1800 block. Shots from a semi-automatic handgun killed one man and wounded two others.
On Thursday night, police arrested Joilise Crossley for voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Tyrone Kelly, 21.
“Some People get very frustrated because they see voluntary manslaughter and they say why isn't it murder? Why is it voluntary manslaughter? I think that people need to understand that voluntary manslaughter is murder. The only difference is that with voluntary manslaughter a person acted under sudden heat,” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ken Cotter said.
Cotter says the voluntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.
Crossley also faces criminal recklessness charges in connection with the two men who were wounded.
According to court documents, Crossley and Kelly were feuding because she had developed a relationship with the mother of Kelly’s child. Police today said the relationship was “more than friendship.”
It’s alleged that Kelly was upset that Joisile Crossley was spending time with his child.
On March 26, Kelly allegedly went to see Crossley to “squash” their feud. Instead of “squashing” the feud, the two began to argue. Witnesses saw Kelly take a swing at Crossley that missed. It was then that Crossley pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and began shooting at Kelly, striking him and causing him to fall.
This neighborhood is no stranger to violence. In February police responded to the 1400 block of Johnson St. after a man was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
Less than half a mile away on March 18, Cornell Taylor, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting in the 1800 block of Fremont Street.
Police have not said whether or not the incidents are related, however, people living in the area said that the sounds of gunshots are all too familiar.
Working a reported triple shooting, 1800 North Johnson Street. Do you have information? Please give us a tip.— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) March 27, 2014