What was originally reported by authorities as a suicide late Tuesday night on South Bend's west side is now being investigated as something more, and could be adding to the number of shootings in recent weeks.
Just before 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night, authorities responded to a shooting in the 1600-block of N. College Street. Russell Little was found shot in the head at the scene and still alive, but was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The shooting was originally reported as a self-inflicted wound. Early Wednesday morning, a Metro Homicide unit took over the investigation into the incident.
According to police, Little had been drinking moonshine in his backyard when he took a pistol, pointed it at his dog, pulled the trigger a couple of times and then put the gun to his head.
The gun went off, and Little was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Little's wife told police her husband had been depressed.