SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Police have one possible suspect after a shooting in downtown South Bend early Saturday morning left at least three people injured. Conflicting stories from people involved are holding police from making an arrest at this point.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. in the area of Wayne and Michigan streets.
Police say that an officer may have witnessed a 29-year-old South Bend resident firing into a parking structure early this morning. Police detained that man to find he had a gunshot wound to the hand.
"We're still missing a 45 caliber handgun out there and we're eager to get our hands on that," said Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Dept. He said the gun appears to have been ditched by the time officers detained the suspected shooter and the scene was searched to no avail.
The shooting coincided with a rush of patrons from nearby Club Fever and witnesses say there were several small fights at the time.
"Everyone was running," said Jessica Klemm, who was working at a nearby pizza shop at the time of the incident. "People were trying to run into our shop. They were running into the parking garage and then they ended up pulling one car in front of our shop ... it was just a mess."
A 28-year-old male was also wounded at the scene. He walked into Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right forearm. He told police that he received that wound while entering a vehicle on Wayne street at the time of the incident.
A third victim says he was smashed over the head with a beer bottle. Police believe that other people may have been injured but have failed to report their injuries.
"Chaos is the best way to describe the scene this morning," said Capt.Trent in a phone interview later that day.
Downtown South Bend's Executive Director says police and ambassadors were already patrolling the scene.
"The good news is the police were already in the area at the time so it wasn't an instance of lack of police presence or public safety officials," said DTSB Exec. Director Aaron Perry in a phone call with NewsCenter16. "It was an unfortunate incident but everyone is handling it very professionally and expeditiously right now."
The investigation is ongoing. Police say the man who was seen shooting into the parking garage is considered a possible suspect at this point but he is not currently being detained.
Both men who were wounded in the shooting will not say whether they were armed at any point or who shot them.
Police are in the process of obtaining surveillance footage from that morning and are urging any local establishments with private footage to come forward.
"It was a dynamic incident," said Capt. Trent. "It started at one location and ended up a block down the street where the actual shooting takes place. So somewhere in between, if there's other video surveillance, we'd like you to share it with us."
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact South Bend Police.
If you know who is responsible for this morning's double shooting near Wayne and Michigan Streets, please give us a call or a tip. 235-9201— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) March 1, 2014