For the second time in a week, an octogenarian has been jailed for allegedly shooting someone.
85-year old James Maras allegedly shot and wounded two people at his South Bend home at about 11-30 a.m. on Friday.
One victim was shot in the pinkie finger, while the other suffered a wound to the leg. The injuries were not serious or life threatening.
One neighbor says he saw the whole thing. Jerry Gallaway says it all took place in the backyard of the Maras home at 202 East Fox Street.
“They been hauling stuff out of the house,
throwing it in the dumpster and stuff,” said Gallaway.
“There have been people climbing in the dumpster, getting stuff out and he was telling them he didn’t want that throwed out, he didn’t want that taken.”
Indeed, a dumpster in the front yard of the home was loaded with personal belongings that ranged from a television, to a toilet seat, to a Reader’s Digest Magazine dated August of 1988.
The sound of the gunfire was heard by another neighbor.
At the Spoken Word World Outreach Center, kids were attending a bible camp, although they were downstairs at the time.
“We heard several shots. There was an elderly gentleman
in the back yard that actually had the gun,” said Pastor Trent Reamer. “Then there was a wrestling going on for the gun, some shots went off a man got shot in the hand, the other in the groin.”
The police report indicates that the shooting was the result of a disagreement over some yard work that the men were going to do, or at very least, some sort of labor that was going to be performed in or around the house.
The neighbors that spoke to Newscenter 16 felt that the motive had more to do with the status of the man’s belongings.
Both of the shooting victims also live in the nearby neighborhood.