UPDATE: Police searching for suspect in fatal shooting

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Police are searching for 43-year-old Anthony 'Bones' Jefferson, who is charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal South Bend shooting.

Police say Jefferson shot and killed 34-year-old Jason Reid. He's also accused of shooting 32-year-old Tyreece Walker, who is expected to recover.

The shooting happened around 5:15 Monday morning. Police were called to the 600 block of Brookfield Street, where a neighbor reported hearing several shots fired. While en route, dispatch got a call from another neighbor.

"A person at a Fassnacht Street address called 911 saying there was a man on her front porch bleeding," said Lt. Dave Wells, assistant commander of St. Joseph County Metro Homicide. "Units arrived to find our victim, Tyreece Walker, shot several times."

Walker told police Reid was inside a home at 601 N. Brookfield and may have been shot, as well.

According to charging documents, police found a great deal of blood in the front entry room of the home. They found Reid lying dead on a mattress in a room off the living room.

Deputy coroner Chuck Hurley says the manner of death has been ruled as homicide. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.

"I seen the block blocked off and I was devastated," said Erica Elie, a friend of the murder victim. "I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to say."

Elie described Reid as a quiet man that kept to himself.

When investigators originally interviewed Walker at the hospital about the shooting, he told them someone came to the front door of the home and a fight broke out.

"Given the fact that he had been shot multiple times and was undergoing medical treatment, we wanted to give him some time to get stable and then we re-interviewed him again," Wells said.

During the second interview, Walker told police Jefferson had spent the day with himself and Reid at the home and that he been with Jefferson several other times in the past.

"What I wanted to do was put the public's mind at ease that this wasn't some kind of random home invasion," Wells said. "This was an incident that occurred within that house itself. And, all parties had been together in that house for an extended period of time."

According to charging documents, Reid went to bed early Monday morning. Shortly after, Walker asked Jefferson to leave the home. Walker says at that point, Jefferson shot him multiple times.

Walker tried to run away, but Jefferson grabbed him by his pants, pulling him back into the home. A struggle ensued before Walker was able to run from the home and hide behind a neighbor's house.

He told police as he ran, he heard several gunshots coming from inside the home.

The residents that live around the crime scene have seen similar things before. A man was shot in the 500 block of Johnson Street, which is less than half a mile away.

"They're nuts," said Ray Davis, who lives nearby. "There is nothing you can say to them. There's nothing that can be done about this."

Davis has a young daughter and worries about the frequent gunfire he hears near his home.

"How many kids have been shot by all these people shooting like crazy?" he said. "It is unnerving."

Police are still searching for Jefferson and say he's considered armed and dangerous. They believe he's driving a white Mitsubishi Eclipse with an Illinois license plate 2953BH.

He's from Carol Stream, Ill. but had been living with his sister in St. Joseph County the past few weeks.

Anyone who sees Jefferson should not approach him and call 911 immediately.


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