Suspect in custody after allegedly shooting two men near Riley High School

By: Brandon Lewis, Stephanie Stand Email
By: Brandon Lewis, Stephanie Stand Email

Zackary Huenerkoph, 26, turned himself in to police around 7 p.m. Monday evening.

He was booked in the St. Joseph County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police are consulting with the prosecutor before charging him directly in connection for shooting two men.

"We think he shot at least once, possibly twice, no more than twice. We don't know whether the bullet went through victim number one and entered victim number two or whether he got two shots off," said Capt. Phil Trent with the South Bend Police Dept.

Police were called to the area near Riley High School and Early College High School, formerly known as Studebaker, around 2 p.m. Officials said shots were fired during a fight that broke out in the middle of Bowman Street, just down the street from Riley High School.

"We received word that he was running both south on Michigan and then we received other reports that he was running east on Bowman," said Trent.

Huenerkoph allegedly shot one man in the hip, critically wounding him. Police also said Huenerkoph accidentally shot his uncle in the lower abdomen.

Riley and Early College were locked down after the shooting occurred.

Initially, police believed Huenerkoph was inside his home in the 100-block of Bowman Street.

"After the negotiators got no response from anyone inside the house, the SWAT team made entry and subsequently found the individual we're seeking is not in there," said Trent.

The South Bend Community School Corporation told NewsCenter 16 it could not dismiss students from the schools until police gave school officials the all clear, which came around 6 p.m.

Negotiators were able to re-establish communication with Huenerkoph shortly after the SWAT team entered the home and convinced him to come to police headquarters where he was arrested.

He is being held in the St. Joseph County for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, Huenerkoph was convicted in September 2004 for a burglary in Elkhart County. He was also convicted in May 2006 for burglaries in Marshall and Kosciusko Counties.

Huenerkoph was released in January 2009.

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