Four separate shootings injure five and kill one in a single day

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

In a span of just 20 hours, four shootings broke out Saturday across Michiana leaving five injured and one dead.

The first two shootings, believed to be connected, happened early Saturday on South Bend's Near Northwest Side.

The first broke out in the 1200 block of Van Buren Street. There, police say two unidentified males shot Joshua Boyle, 27, and Gage Burger, 18, during a party. Burger later posted a photo of his gunshot wound to his Facebook page.

Only three hours later and less than three blocks away, police found Preston Brown, 24, shot in what's believed to be an act of retaliation.

Then around 8 p.m. Saturday night, three gunmen shot Keyonta Russell three times in the leg and chest as he walked home through Leeper Park. Officers quickly arrested Dimetrus Johnson, 18, Elijah Suggs, 17, and Dwayne Greer, 16 for the crimes.

Only hours later, an Elkhart shooting left Ariana Pendleton, 19, dead and Jarvis Joiner, 35 critically injured. Joiner, who has a lengthy rap sheet himself, hasn't been able to tell police much because of his injuries.

While police are still determining motives, residents on the Near Northwest Side say gang violence is to blame for the South Bend shootings. In fact, they're singling out the "Cash Out Boys.”

Police say the gang is responsible for much of South Bend's summer violence, but aren’t confirming their involvement in this latest rash of crime.

"They were tied to a lot of the violence that was occurring on Olive Street over the summer. However, many of the ‘Cash Out Boys’, a vast majority of them are wanted on warrant right now,” said Capt. Phil Trent with the South Bend Police Department.

Police say because of those warrants, many members are lying low; many more have been arrested, but if residents are right, there are apparently still enough to cause serious crime on South Bend streets.

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