UPDATE: Victim in Saturday murder leaves lengthy criminal record

Investigators are still looking for the person who shot and killed a 49-year-old man around 10 a.m. Saturday.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit sifted through the murder scene in the 2000 block of Kemble Ave., on South Bend's south side, until 9 p.m.

Investigators identified the victim as Darrell Laurence, 49. Laurence was shot in a back stairwell area at the CutRagerous X2 Barber Shop building, located directly across the street from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit complex.

"Right inside that stairwell area, what I would describe as a very small vestibule area, is where we believe the majority of this scene, if not the complete scene is going to be," Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett said.

South Bend paramedics quickly arrived at the shooting scene and took Laurence to the Memorial Hospital emergency room.

"They performed CPR and he had a faint pulse. The paramedics transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead," Commander Corbett added.

Police are now looking for a black male suspect they believe was wearing a black hooded jacket. A black leather coat, presumed to be the suspect's, was recovered by a police tracking dog.

Laurence lived in one of the apartments above the barber shop. Authorities spent Saturday working to obtain a search warrant for the his unit.

According to the St. Joseph County Jail, Laurence has nine arrests on record between 1995 and 2003. Those bookings included preliminary charges of battery, driving without a proper license, shoplifting and four counts of prostitution. Police say Laurence was a well known cross dresser in the South Bend community.

This marks the second South Bend homicide in just three days. Early Thursday morning, the body of Andre Byrd, 42, was found in an alley in the 400 block of Walnut St. Detectives have yet to make an arrest or identify viable suspects in either case.

This year alone, St. Joseph County has been home to 22 homicides, the most its seen in a number of years.

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